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Protea / Press

“Powerful with a free-flowing, appealing quality. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“There's a positive, spiritual element that keeps the listener involved. This great track had me enjoying the beat, harmony and lyrics all the way through. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Strong and provocative. I like the artist's voice and the way the whole song is delivered. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The introduction sets up an emotional track with lengthy chords that are mysterious and inspiring. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“This piece sounds unique and magical--it makes me think of a fantasy forest. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“A strange and unique track inducing mellowness and relaxation. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The beat is really cool and I like the slow pace of the song. I could listen to it again and again. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Wispy vocals on this track. Good production quality! ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“This is something I'd expect to be playing in a movie when the character is having a drug-induced hallucination. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“This is a truly peaceful, calming track--a very pretty soundscape. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Nice flow of music--genuinely different and strong. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“This track is overall quite good! I appreciate its ambient, ethereal qualities. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“I love this whole atmosphere and feel like I'm in some kind of haunted medieval castle. Can't decide if it's a dream or a nightmare. Very innovative, stands up to multiple listens. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“I like the creepy feeling I get from the vocals, and can imagine this song in a movie. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The singer has a voice that should not be altered. ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“A song that will get you up and moving! ---for 'Tail of the Goddess'”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Lots of reverb, although her voice needs none. This is the ultimate Sound of Silence cover in my experience.”

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“The production and vocals are great. I can see this track being used for movies, tales, or video games. --for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“This is actually kind of disturbing with the voices in the background. I'm not even sure what genre the song belongs to. It's like part of a movie soundtrack. --for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“What a great voice! The vocals, production and sounds are all in tune with each other. The song plays out a story without saying a lot of words, and its rawness and depth are empowering. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Her vocals are on pitch and never off track. The sounds are real. This song is emotional, commanding respect and dignity. It seems to evoke sacrificial times in ancient Egypt. Wherever the ceremony takes place, the piece is mystical and spiritual. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The sound is very powerful with a religious sensibility that makes me feel like part of an opera. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Beautiful. The eerie music gives off a mystical vibe, which I really love. It will make you feel something. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The vocals are amazing. It sounds like a live performance. I would absolutely listen to it again. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Eclectic and mysterious, as if from a well. Very interesting music to my ears. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Beautiful song. I loved listening to this. Definitively my kind of music. The vocals flooded the melody of this song perfectly and it all tied together to make a great song. The voice was well adapted to the tune. I loved it all.” ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The vocals are good, the lyrics are crisp, and the ambient sounds are well utilized. I would download it and tell my friends about it, and listen to it again and again. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“There is an eerie, foreboding ambience in this song. It seems almost inspired by air-raid sirens from a war. It's a'capella, and yet difficult to tell what instruments were used. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“This haunting song recalls the sound of a foghorn. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The introduction is dark and eerie. The sounds are varied and real, and they gave me goosebumps. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“This track would be great to relax to at a low volume. I like all of its dimensions. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Spooky, cool music. Very ghostly-sounding. I really do love the track. ---for Khufu”

crowd reviewer, RN

“This track is a modern piece of music in a creative art form--like a melodic banshee song. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The introduction has a good mixture of tuned-in noises that make it very intriguing. It makes you want to listen to the whole song more and more---which I love. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Ethereal-sounding voices.The slow start here is perfect and fits well with the sound of the lyrics. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The listener will appreciate the melody, and the instrumental approach in this song is creative and risky. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The voices on this selection are reminiscent of a whale song. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Listening to a body of your work and reading carefully through your lyrics several times, I get a real sense of who you are, and what you can contribute to the literature of music that nobody else can.”

crowd reviewer, RN

“It's fun and trippy, and I love the visuals and psychedelic aspect of the whole song. Gotta say, I quite like it. Quite!! --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Definitely not a mainstream work, and although unique to the artist, it reminds me of Bjork. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“This song is creepy and makes me feel uneasy and scared. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“I really like this band's songs! Nice vocals. Cool track. The intro makes me feel like I am underwater. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“I like the music very much and find it to have an excellent creepiness vibe. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The production value is top notch. The mood-making and atmosphere-building are very good. I like how it is different from the usual pop songs on the market. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Very cool, transient compositions. Really digging how hypnotic and immersive all the tracks are.”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The vocals are great! I really appreciate the artist's range and the ways in which she is capable of fluctuating her voice. --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“The music and singing lent this track a creepy appeal that would do great in the soundtrack of a horror or mystery movie! --for Sound of Silence”

crowd reviewer, RN

“Protea inspired me in ways I can likely never repay -- I had been aware of Serena's social and artistic presence for some years. I suspect I will never forget to the end of my days the first night I saw her perform a summoning ritual as Protea. The totality of her presence, performance, and purpose closed many doors and open a select few new ones for me in the span of a just a few moments in ways I still question with no small amount of both horror and delight. She is a clearly gifted intellectual, linguist, magician, and artist.”

Sean Means - Patron

“I have found myself caught in Protea's spells on more than one occasion. Don't underestimate the power of Protea's work and presence. They are a gift!”

Sean Means - Patron

“The intro to this song is makes me feel like I'm the Queen of Persia, walking through my palace. Being a dancer, this song I can use for a contemporary piece, I love the erie, yet soothing vibes the song gives. In a way i can see myself using it for a ballet piece.”

crowd reviewer - RN

“The rich and smooth tone of this song is very good. That sound also has a very good rhythm and beat to it. The instrumental for this song allows the vocals to be brought to the forefront of the attention. The very crisp and clear vocals also create a very desireable quality and intonation. The other synth and bass distortion also give the song the very artistic melodic feel to the entire piece.”

crowd reviewer - RN

“Cool! I almost took my headphones off and started running when I listened the intro of this mystical composition. I really felt as if I were watching a movie with my ears.”

crowd reviewer - RN

“Very unusual sound to the main tune, almost space-age sounding. Would be great for background music for a scifi movie. it has a very haunting, one-of-a kind sound. The background sounds are very effective. Well done; great artist.”

crowd reviewer - RN

“The instrumentals are very cool; they sound intense and keep building and growing, getting louder and louder. It sounds a little bit deep and dark, and as more sounds get added, it creates more of a haunted feel. This song is good, but a bit creepy.”

crowd reviewer - RN

“This song would be great for the theme of a scary movie or a vintage film.”

crowd reviewer - RN

“The song was very nice at the start and I enjoyed listening to the simple beat. I liked the timing of the artist and their ability to hit all of the vocals when necessary. The production was very nice and sounded professional. This song has the potential to become a big hit in the near future.”

RN crowd reviewer - RN

“I think this music is very rare and has an exceptional tone and rhythm.The melody is amusing and the lyrics are extraordinary. It has a great tuning. The vocalist is original and natural.The production is good culminating and leading. This song is very cool.””

RN crowd reviewer - RN

“I like the music, it has a soothing feel. It would be a great song to relax to, or to try to sleep to. It would be a good song to dance to as well.”

RN crowd reviewer - RN

“This whole song is completely haunting and beautiful, it sent chills down my back from the intense feeling coming off of it. I was shocked by the beautiful instrumentals presented here, peaceful and powerful all in one. The vocals are so perfect, and the lyrics are excellent.”

RN crowd reviewer - RN

““The use of different digital effects creates a other worldly also eerie effect right from the intro which is quite different and interesting sounding. The vocals are ethereal and light and match the whole tone of the song. This definitely hits its target audience and strikes me as a chill out song with a twist and an alternative side.””

RN crowd reviewer - RN

“Creative people have a certain kind of vibe about them, and this woman is one of those artistic people on the planet. You know they were sent here for a mission, with a message, and they are delivering something meaningful.”

Spider - Spider's Web magazine

“The music is quite disquieting and often unsettling to listen to with Serena's distinct vocals which reminded me a bit of Diamanda Galas and Siouxsie Sioux. The Osiris Tree is definitely an unusual, complex, and enjoyable experience one can never forget. ”

“The opening track (Little Drummer Boy) gives me shivers down the spine.”

“very powerful, otherworldly...I loved it. Hypnotic, dark, summoning...it made me tingle deliciously!”

Attrition - Myspace Music

“Protea...ambient electronic music, evocative vocals, long tones, minor harmonies, ethereal textures, gradual changes and a bit of tension.”

CatSynth

“I found myself listening again and again...brilliant, glorious... Following Protea isn't going to be easy. ”

Michael Johnson - Nemesis To Go