All aboard Alessi’s Ark for a third studio album Love Is The Currency, released on October 27. An album of self-discovery and a call to self-realisation Love Is The Currency is epitomised by lead track ‘Cut The Cord’. A song written about Alessi’s own experience, unearthing fear and breaking free, to seek redemption in music, art and beauty, ‘Cut The Cord’ motors on a breezy groove with a host of hooks and enchanting vocals.
“The core theme of Love is the Currency is our limitless ability to heal one another though music, healthy love, healing frequencies and working through previously unprocessed grief.” says Alessi, explaining the driving force of her new album. “With Cut The Cord, I wanted to make a song that could encourage people to save themselves from fear and the grip of toxicity's many guises.”
Produced by long term Maccabees engineer Jago Jago, and written in large part with Will White (brother of Maccabees’ Felix and Hugo), Alessi describes her new album as a “family affair”, blessed with the care of many friends and brothers. Jago Jago’s brother Memby appears on drums throughout the album, and Felix White - whose recommendation brought Alessi, Jag and Will together - plays guitar on the single ‘Wives’.
A first taste of her new album released earlier this year, ‘Wives’ hinted at an evolution from the folk pop of her early releases, to the more ambitious and abstract palettes of the Cocteau Twins or Charlotte Gainsbourg. From uploading home recordings to Myspace to working with Bright Eyes in Nebraska and touring the U.K. with Jenny Lewis and M.Ward it’s been a long and winding road for Alessi which has no doubt shaped her songs. Her new album is full of very personal tales, self discovery and shared experience, told in a mixture of sonic settings; the California desert, alpine air, ocean sprays and the highland bothies all evoked in unfussy yet expansive production.
2) Cut the Cord
4) Love Travels
9) DLD (Door Light Dream)
10) On till Dawn
July 27th - ‘Music for London', Grenfell Benefit show at St. Stephen's Church, Shepherds Bush
August 27th -Stroud Fringe Festival
Oct 25th -Album Release Party - Paper Vintage Dress, London