Fifteen For 2015 #10 - Lisa Alma


I wouldn't ordinarily include an artist in my ones to watch lists that has already released an album but I don't think the record in question (her self-titled 2013 full length) has ever been released in the UK and even if it has, Copenhagen's Lisa Alma has received nowhere near the backing her exquisite music deserves.

My introduction to her was 2014's EP Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers, the releases' stand-out "Bittersweet" soon becoming one of my favourite tracks of the year, a devastating marriage seduction and longing. I gave it one of the biggest compliments you could ask for from me, a Prince comparison: 'backed by little more than subtle drum pad beats and minimal, spacious synths, it's Lisa's vocal that steals the show and has me hooked. It immediately makes me think of Prince's falsetto, not just any old Prince either, the Purple One at his 80's best, seducing with every note, whispered, extended words that make you fall hopelessly under their spell. I love the extended outro too where a smouldering guitar captures the essence of heartbreak, it's just bloody gorgeous'.

Lisa is no one track pony, "Oh Darling" purrs like the softer side of Metric's Synthetica LP, a fragile but sparkling melody full of catchy hooks, rhythmic beats and crystal clean production, "When I Knew" flutters in equally heavenly plains, an effortless marriage of dream-inducing synths, soul filled vocals and sadness whilst latest track, "Fine" is another gem, here sparse electronic pulses and subtle beats guide Lisa's truly incredible vocal, at times melancholic, rousing, haunting and always, always beautiful.

I'm not sure what 2015 has in store for Lisa Alms, her output has been prolific to this point but I'm greedy for more and for the world to catch on, such spacious, ethereal and devastating music deserves to find a home in listeners all around the world.