Enya: Orinoco Flow
TOP 50 Magazine (France) no. 151
She's fragile, pretty and soothing, the living reflection of her music. Enya, the Irishwoman, has spent long months almost cut of the world to work out with her friend, producer, director and manager Nicky Ryan and his wife Roma, an original album, with ethereal atmospheres, marked by her Celtic origins and amazing work on multivocal harmonies. The highbrows have found in her a new star of "New Age" meditation music; the English youth press finds her too serious, but the general public itself adores 'Orinoco Flow' number 1 in Great Britain and megahit in all European placings. Enya has confided to us her boundless passion for music, and her appetite for creation without intellectual ulterior motives.
Your music is not destined a priori for the Top 50 but with the first single you have entered the category of pop star across Europe, what impression has that made on you ?
I find the word "pop" a bit outdated, whoever an artist is who enters the Top 50, he becomes a pop star whether he is sixty or just six years old, finally it's like that... I'm happy at the success of the single because it's important for the album, but this is not something we chasing after. It happened in a very nice way, without anyone expecting it... we knew that it was different from the rest, then when commercial radio started to play it, we were very surprised.
You have known the success with the Celtic group Clannad...
Yes, but it was above all the group of my two brothers, two uncles and a sister, they had founded it, it was theirs and I couldn't express myself there. What I learnt with Clannad on the other hand, was the experience of the stage.
Your music is very sophisticated, it uses your voice sung in different registers and overdubbed, will you be able to produce it for the stage in spite of everything?
Yes, next year normally, with singers, men and women, who will be able to help me to recreate, within the confines of the stage, the atmosphere of the album.
Outside of the music, do you have other passions?
I love to go to the cinema, that relaxes me, I don't like noisy atmospheres. I go to see the old classics and the ones that one has to see. Outside of that I go out very little, I have few friends and no boyfriend. The music comes first.
Note: Originally transcribed by Marc Lortet. The French article Can be found here.