IAMX

"IAMX is basically my public therapy," says Chris Corner. "It's my way of being able to connect with the world, to pour my heart out and dance at the same time. It's also an excuse for me to play with who I am, to explore certain parts of my personality that I don't get to explore in everyday life."

Metanoia, Corner's sixth studio album as IAMX, is a milestone for the multifarious English composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and video artist. The consistently riveting set marks a timely return to musical activity for Corner, whose innovative, influential body of work has established him as one of the most potent creative forces in the world of electronic music.

Having made his initial mark as co-founder and charter member of seminal British trip-hop progenitors Sneaker Pimps, Corner has forged a powerful and enduring creative identity as IAMX. Matching a fiercely original sonic vision with deeply catchy, personally charged songwriting and a charismatic, emotionally raw performing persona, Corner has built a powerful body of recordings that have won IAMX a loyal and diverse international fan base. Along the way, IAMX has evolved from enigmatic studio project into an eccentric, expansive live act, incorporating additional musicians and all manner of costumes, sets and visual effects.

Metanoia offers some of the IAMX's most personal and expressive music to date. The first new IAMX release in two and a half years, it's largely the product of a challenging, often harrowing period during which Corner battled, and ultimately prevailed over, a variety of personal demons that caused him to reexamine his personal and artistic priorities—and to briefly consider abandoning music altogether.

"It was a combination of despair and depression and insomnia, and it was very difficult," Corner explains, "It took me a long time to get through it, but I learned a lot about myself, and I developed a new set of mental tools that allowed me survive.

"For about a year, I really thought that music was one of the things that was hurting me psychologically," he continues. "I went though a lot of therapy, and eventually I realized that it's all down to my own choices. And I realized that it wasn't the music that was hurting me, it was just that I had to reprogram myself to approach things in a different way, and it became very clear to me that I still wanted to make music more than ever."

Corner emerged from this period of intense self-examination with a new attitude towards his role as a musician and artist. He also relocated from Berlin, which had served as the London native's base since 2008, to the sunnier environs of Los Angeles. The change of scene, and the artist's renewed enthusiasm, are reflected throughout Metanoia.

"I spent seven years in Berlin, and I absolutely love that city," Corner notes. "But I could have been anywhere, because I was quite isolated. And I would always end making the records in winter, which is very dark and oppressive in Berlin, so, combined with the emotional turmoil of the writing, I ended up digging my own hole. So I decided to get out and go to L.A.

"This is the first record I've made in a long time without being manically stressed," Corner notes. "I was very conscious of wanting to move into a more relaxed phase of my life, so I intentionally took a lot of the time pressure and work stress out of record-making, and made it as easy on myself as I could. That was very different, because each time I've made a record in the past, there's been a tour booked and a manager breathing down my neck, and the depression came from that stress. So this was like going back to the beginning, where you're just doing it for pure enjoyment."

That feeling of creative liberation is prominent throughout Metanoia, as demonstrated by such powerful, uplifting tracks as "Happiness," "Wildest Wind" and the introspective "Look Outside."

"'Look Outside' really sums up the feeling of healing, and of taking a journey and arriving in a positive new place, and sitting down and looking outside the window and feeling good about what you see," Corner says. "That's the song that best explains where I am now."

The sonic vision and emotional honesty that drive Metanoia have been consistent throughout IAMX's, and Chris Corner's, musical history. After more than a decade with Sneaker Pimps, during which time the group released three albums and numerous singles, Corner chose to pursue his own path.

Adopting the alter ego of IAMX, he quickly established a distinctive sound incorporating driving synth-rock, dance beats and emotion-charged ballads, as well as an adventurous lyrical approach that forthrightly addressed matters of love, death, addiction, decadence and gender identity. Those thematic concerns also manifested themselves in the inventive, often controversial music videos that Corner directed, and in IAMX's elaborate, theatrical live shows, which often incorporate elaborate props and projections, as well as the distinctive stage outfits worn by him and his live band members.

The first IAMX album, 2004's Kiss + Swallow, made an instant splash with fans and critics, as did such subsequent releases as The Alternative, Kingdom of Welcome Addiction, Volatile Times and The Unified Field, plus the in-concert Live In Warsaw and the remix collections IAMIXED and Dogmatic Infident Comedown OK.

"Becoming IAMX was allowing myself to explore this more extreme character that I had not really explored with my other music," Corner explains. "Having that brand became an excuse for me to go crazy and experiment with myself and see what came out."

Having emerged from an extended period of introspection and healing, Corner is looking forward to ending his extended hiatus from touring and taking IAMX back on the road to support Metanoia.

"It's not big stadium music, and the power of it is that it can be intimate and simple, so I want to take that into this next phase," he asserts. "It will definitely be a performance, but I also want to strip it down and make it sound like this album does. Once I'd made the album and I came back round to thinking about touring again, the idea of getting out there and sharing the music with other people began to feel really exciting again."

As Metanoia demonstrates, Chris Corner has emerged from his personal travails with a renewed sense of musical purpose.

"Making this record has given me a lot of confidence and strength," he says, adding, "I'm seeing things really clearly now. I see how music nourishes me, and I'll never let myself forget that. You make your own happiness, and you have to work every day to stay focused on the things that matter."

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Playlist
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The Great Shipwreck Of Life (Pull Out Kings Remix)Dogmatic Infidel Comedown OK
The Stupid, The Proud (ViveLaFete Mix)Dogmatic Infidel Comedown OK
My Secret Friend Radio VersionMy Secret Friend
My Secret Friend (Omega Man Remix)My Secret Friend
Think Of EnglandThink Of England
Kingdom Of Welcome AddictionKingdom Of Welcome Addiction
The Alternative (BitRayker Remix)The Alternative (BitRayker Remix)
President (Acoustic Version)President
Kiss And Swallow (ManX Remix)Kiss And Swallow
Spit It Out (Alexander Kowalski Remix)Spit It Out
Kiss And SwallowKiss + Swallow
The AlternativeThe Alternative

Discography
METANOIA (VINYL) · MET 993V· buy Vinyl
1. No Maker Made Me 2. Happiness 3. North Star 4. Say Hello Melancholia 5. The Background Noise 6. Insomnia 7. Look Outside 8. Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me 9. Aphrodisiac 10. Surrender 11. Wildest Wind
METANOIA · MET 993D· buy Digital
1. No Maker Made Me 2. Happiness 3. North Star 4. Say Hello Melancholia 5. The Background Noise 6. Insomnia 7. Look Outside 8. Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me 9. Aphrodisiac 10. Surrender 11. Wildest Wind
METANOIA · MET 993· buy CD
1. No Maker Made Me 2. Happiness 3. North Star 4. Say Hello Melancholia 5. The Background Noise 6. Insomnia 7. Look Outside 8. Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me 9. Aphrodisiac 10. Surrender 11. Wildest Wind
HAPPINESS · MET 991D· buy Digital
1. Happiness 2. Happiness (Gary Numan Remix)
DOGMATIC INFIDEL COMEDOWN OK · MET 650D· buy Digital
1. Nature Of Inviting (Black Light Odyssey Remix) 2. Tear Garden (Unfall Chocolatefurwine Remix) 3. You Can Be Happy (Combichrist Remix) 4. Kingdom Of Welcome Addiction (Aesthetic Perfection Remix) 5. The Great Shipwreck Of Life (Pull Out Kings Remix) 6. Tear Garden (Unfall Art Deco Remix) 7. Think Of England (Miss Derringer Remix) 8. The Stupid, The Proud (Index Remix) 9. My Secret Friend (Omega Man Remix) 10. I Am Terrified (Alec Empire Remix) 11. An I For An I (Unfall X-Mess Remix) 12. Nature Of Inviting (Terrence Fixmer Remix) 13. Running (Cook/Kirby Remix) 14. The Stupid, The Proud (ViveLaFete Mix) 15. My Secret Friend (Unfall Remix)
DOGMATIC INFIDEL COMEDOWN OK · MET 650· buy CD
1. Nature Of Inviting (Black Light Odyssey Remix) 2. Tear Garden (Unfall Chocolatefurwine Remix) 3. You Can Be Happy (Combichrist Remix) 4. Kingdom Of Welcome Addiction (Aesthetic Perfection Remix) 5. The Great Shipwreck Of Life (Pull Out Kings Remix) 6. Tear Garden (Unfall Art Deco Remix) 7. Think Of England (Miss Derringer Remix) 8. The Stupid, The Proud (Index Remix) 9. My Secret Friend (Omega Man Remix) 10. I Am Terrified (Alec Empire Remix) 11. An I For An I (Unfall X-Mess Remix) 12. Nature Of Inviting (Terrence Fixmer Remix) 13. Running (Cook/Kirby Remix)
MY SECRET FRIEND · MET 640D· buy Digital
1. My Secret Friend Radio Version 2. My Secret Friend (Omega Man Remix) 3. The Unfall Broken Waltz Rework
THINK OF ENGLAND · MET 604D· buy Digital
1. Think Of England 2. Church Of England 3. The Great Shipwreck Of Life (Radio Edit) 4. Think Of England (UNFALL) 5. Tear Garden (Radio Edit)
KINGDOM OF WELCOME ADDICTION · MET 597D· buy Digital
1. Nature Of Inviting 2. Kingdom Of Welcome Addiction 3. Tear Garden 4. My Secret Friend (Feat. Imogen Heap) 5. An I For An I 6. I Am Terrified 7. Think Of England 8. The Stupid, The Proud 9. You Can Be Happy 10. The Great Shipwreck Of Life 11. Running
KINGDOM OF WELCOME ADDICTION · MET 597· buy CD
1. Nature of Inviting 2. Kingdom of Welcome Addiction 3. Tear Garden 4. My Secret Friend (Featuring Imogen Heap) 5. An I For An I 6. I Am Terrified 7. Think Of England 8. The Stupid, The Proud 9. You Can Be Happy 10. The Great Shipwreck Of Life 11. Running
PRESIDENT · MET 566D· buy Digital
1. President 2. President (Acoustic Version) 3. President (IAMX Accident Mix)
PRESIDENT · MET 566· buy CD
1. President 2. President (Acoustic Version) 3. President (IAMX Accident Mix) 4. + 'President Berlin Basement Video
THE ALTERNATIVE (BITRAYKER REMIX) · MET 558D· buy Digital
1. The Alternative (BitRayker Remix)
KISS AND SWALLOW · MET 552D· buy Digital
1. Kiss And Swallow 2. Kiss And Swallow (ManX Remix)
SPIT IT OUT · MET 548D· buy Digital
1. Spit It Out 2. Spit It Out (Alexander Kowalski Remix)
KISS + SWALLOW · MET 546D· buy Digital
1. Kiss And Swallow 2. Sailor 3. Naked But Safe 4. Simple Girl 5. Mercy 6. Your Joy Is My Low 7. I Like Pretending 8. You Stick It In Me 9. Skin Vision 10. Missile 11. White Suburb Impressionism 12. Heatwave 13. I-Polaroids 14. Kiss And Swallow (Moonbootica Remix)
KISS + SWALLOW · MET 546· buy CD
1. Kiss and Swallow 2. Sailor 3. Naked But Safe 4. Simple Girl 5. Mercy 6. Your Joy Is My Low 7. I Like Pretending 8. YOu Stick It In Me 9. Skin Vision 10. Missile 11. White Suburb Imressionism 12. Heatwave 13. I-Polaroids 14. Kiss And Swallow (Moonbootica Remix) 15. +Missile Video
THE ALTERNATIVE · MET 544D· buy Digital
1. President 2. The Alternative 3. Nightlife 4. Lulled By Numbers 5. Song Of Imaginary Beings 6. The Negative Sex 7. Bring Me Back A Dog 8. S.H.E 9. Spit It Out 10. After Every Party I Die 11. This Will Make You Love Again
THE ALTERNATIVE · MET 544· buy CD
1. President 2. The Alternative 3. Nightlife 4. Lulled By Numbers 5. Song Of Imaginary Beings 6. The Negative Sex 7. Bring Me Back A Dog 8. S.H.E. 9. Spit It Out 10. After Every Party I Die 11. This Will Make You Love Again
NORTH STAR · MET 1025· buy Digital
1. North Star (Single Mix) 2. North Star (Future Funk Squad Remix) 3. North Star (Mr. Kitty Remix)
OH, CRUEL DARKNESS EMBRACE ME · MET 1007· buy Digital
1. Oh, Cruel Darkness Embrace Me (Single Mix) 2. Oh, Cruel Darkness Embrace Me (SlikNik_CE Remix) 3. Oh, Cruel Darkness Embrace Me (Aesthetic Perfection Rmx)

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