Alina Orlova’s success story is comparable with those of the Arctic Monkeys and other acts that were propelled to stardom with the help of the Internet and word of mouth. In the beginning, she was a well-kept secret known only to a relatively small circle of admirers. Later, when her music was discovered by a much larger audience, the idiosyncratic singer and songwriter performed on some of the best stages in Lithuania and went on tour to places such as Liverpool, London and Moscow.
Her debut album, which contains many of her live staples that devout fans already knew by heart, received critical acclaim in Lithuania and abroad, with some of its tracks receiving regular radio play.
Orlova’s folk- and cabaret-tinged acoustic music might remind the listener of such diverse acts as CocoRosie, Cocteau Twins and Antony and the Johnsons (all personal favourites of hers), but it is really much more than just a sum of these influences – especially because of Orlova’s inimitable voice.