Children Of Nature is the title track of a recently released album of ‘beautiful, elegiac and compelling’ (Louder Than War) electronic pop by the successful Lithuanian singer Alanas Chosnau and the well-known musician/producer Mark Reeder.

The duo initially bonded at a film festival (where Reeder was screening a film about his life in Berlin in the 1980’s), before eventually conceiving the idea of an album of retro love songs that would still sound fresh for listeners now.

‘Children Of Nature’ has been edited for release as a single and is also part of a remix EP entitled ‘Natural Selection’ that adds two extended versions. It warns of potential near-future threats, including ruthless totalitarian regimes, police brutality and climate change, if we do not act now. Its cover image (a close-up of the album artwork) shows the accusational look of a child, positing the question: is this what we want for the next generation?

Alanas Chosnau was born to a Lithuanian mother and Iraqi-Kurdish father and spent his formative years in Baghdad before returning to Lithuania to be raised by his grandparents. He grew up in the Soviet Union, but thankfully the fall of Communism saved him from a life in the factories and he instead became the singer of what would become the most successful Lithuanian pop group of the 1990’s (Naktinės Personos) before embarking on a solo career just after the turn of the millennium that saw him become the biggest solo star in the country.

Mark Reeder relocated from Manchester to Berlin in the late 1970’s and began to promote his close friends Joy Division in Germany, subsequently becoming the local rep for Factory Records throughout the 1980’s. He also managed the post-punk outfit Malaria!, started MFS Records (discovering future superstar DJ Paul van Dyk in the process) and is today a sought-after producer and remixer.

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