Alessi’s Ark- The Still Life
15th April on Bella Union
New tour dates:
Tuesday 23 April – LONDON – Purcell Rooms (£12)
Wednesday 24 April – NOTTINGHAM – Bodega (£8)
Thursday 25 April – MANCHESTER – The Castle (£7)
Friday 26 April – YORK – The Basement (£8)
Sunday 28 April – NEWCASTLE – The Think Tank (£6)
Monday 29 April – LEEDS – Brudenell (£7)
Tuesday 30 April – BRISTOL – Louisiana (£8)
Wednesday 1 May – BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds (£8)
Thursday 2 May – LIVERPOOL – Leaf Café @ Liverpool Sound City
Listen to new track “Tin Smithing”, from the album, below:
Travel, adventure and personal revelation mark the new album by singer/songwriter Alessi Laurent–Marke of Alessi’s Ark. The Still Life is a work both lucid and heart-breakingly lovely, a sonic landscape that roams a wide range of emotions, with (as the songwriter explains), “Nature and love, as common threads”.
“I wanted to create a musical landscape that varied in sound,” Laurent-Marke says, “but an overriding feeling of ‘stillness’ remained throughout the album. I also wanted to step back from playing acoustic guitar and immerse the songs in very different sound settings from previous recordings.
Aside from two tracks recorded with Brit producer Nic Nell in London, Laurent-Marke travelled to America to record most of the new album, in Athens, Georgia at the studio of producer Andy LeMaster, who has worked with everyone from Bright Eyes to Drive-By Truckers. “I had heard brilliant things about Andy as a person,” says Laurent–Marke, “and I felt extremely fortunate to spend time together and work so closely on this album. He brought some very gifted musicians on board and I was moved by their warmth in Athens.”
That warmth is all over The Still Life: in the shimmering production, in the players’ performances and in the slow, sweet sway that underlies all the album tracks. “The phrase ‘the still life’ has always resonated with me,” says Laurent-Marke of the album’s title. “In my mind ‘The Still Life’ is what we’re all aiming for, the chapter in our lives that we find peace and understanding, within us and in our surroundings.”
Alessi recently unveiled a charming video for album track ‘The Rain’ which utilises public archive footage celebrating the use of water in other cultures and can be viewed here.
The Still Life 15th April on Bella Union records.