Lisa Alma #6 - Lovesick

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In similar circumstances to Be Forest whom I wrote about earlier this week, Lisa Alma is an artist I’ve waxed lyrical about on these pages multiple times but have recently ‘forgot’ about to a degree. I’m hopeful the changes I’m making in terms of my inbox will bring an increase in actual listening hours so such mistakes won’t keep happening (the ‘new’ approach has been slightly delayed because I’ve been ill all week), especially when I belatedly press play once again and immediately fall back in love...

The track in question is “Lovesick”, the first taken from Lisa Alma’s new album Thigh (released April 29th and available to pre-order through bandcamp). It’s the combination of everything that’s playing through my ears that works its magic, the twinkling neon-lit 80’s melody and the infectious yet silky smooth pop choruses that combine effortlessly with Lisa’s rich, smouldering vocal, it’s completely irresistible. “Lovesick” intoxicates throughout, pulling at your heartstrings with its gentle spirit yet simultaneously bringing a desire to boogie, you really can’t ask for more than that within three and a half minutes…

I’ve had a sneak preview of a new track called “Golden Light” and it’s absolutely gorgeous. 

Lisa Alma #5 - Fine

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Lisa Alma is finally getting the recognition her talent deserves with recent exposure in blogs far greater than this, one of my Tips for 2015 and favourite discoveries of 2014 has shared an alternate, album version of "Fine" (her second album Sweater follows via Dumont Dumont on April 21st - final a month later). 

The track, one I first featured here back in October last year returns more breathy and luxurious than ever with Lisa's magnetic vocals pulling you deep within its slow motion melody, the soft pitter-patter of electronic pads, the exotic yet restrained beats and the show-stopping harmonies, it makes for the most seductive, soulful experience. There's some new breaks here which bring those earlier Prince comparisons to the fore, as a die-hard fan it's not something I say lightly but Lisa Alma's output far surpasses any ballad we've heard from the purple one in recent time, simply to die for.

The album Sweater is available to pre-order here in the UK on vinyl via Rough Trade. I'll let you find your usual digital outlet.

Lisa Alma #4 - Man

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I've already professed my repeated love for the musical output of Copenhagen's Lisa Alma on these pages (lastly when I included her in my Tips for 2015 lists). I'm hoping the year will serve as her break-out with a second album Sweater already announced for April 21st and firstly "Man", a track taken from it, shared for our pleasure.

"Man" highlights what Lisa Alma is about, a minimal yet wholly luxurious combination of slowly mesmerising instrumentation, here chilled synths, atmospheric glitches and serene keyboard twinkles set off Lisa's wholly gorgeous falsetto, with emotion pouring off every word seducing the listener amongst the darkly-hued refrain "everything you are // in the night time baby".... 

"Man" is available via iTunes. Here's hoping the album gets a vinyl release too.

Lisa Alma #3 - Last Christmas

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If you aren't a fan of 'tips' and 'lists' I can only apologise for this month so far, you'll be glad to know the blog will be back to normal now for eleven months, that is after a couple of festive themed tracks and a little holiday until the new year.

The first Christmas song I'm posting this year is from one of my Tips for 2015, Lisa Alma (who coincidentally and happily just announced her new album Sweater, due out February 16th - no tracks yet but I'm sure they'll follow soon)...

Her version of Wham's "Last Christmas" seems to have been released last year but I've only found it this, it's wonderful too, with Lisa putting her own spin and smoldering vocals to the familiar festive favourite (bit of a tongue twister that). Here, the song is sparser (even more so than the equally brilliant version by I Like Trains) and drips with more emotion than ever before with soft, chilly synths, twinkling keys and restrained beats combining with that heavenly vocal, her soulful voice that soothes with dreamlike results. Utterly gorgeous.

Fifteen For 2015 #10 - Lisa Alma

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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.

Lisa Alma #2 - Fine

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I fell hard for Lisa Alma earlier this year when I discovered the Danish artist through her EP Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers, the releases' stand-out track "Bittersweet" soon becoming one of my favourite tracks of the year, a devastating marriage seduction and longing...

Lisa returns to these pages now with "Fine", a soulful gem where sparse electronic pulses and subtle beats guide a truly incredible vocal, emitting as many emotions as you can count over four wonderful minutes, at times melancholic, rousing, haunting and always, always beauty.

The track is availble November 3rd and cements Lisa Alma as an artist you should be keeping you eye on.

The Best Songs of 2014 So Far (Part Two)

10. Lazy Day - With My Mind

"With My Mind" is most fully realised track that Tilly has released thus far under her Lazy Day pseudonym. Earlier tracks shared on her Soundcloud suited the band name (currently just Tilly, with hopefully a live band and dates to follow) perfectly, full of plaintive daydreams and spacious, echoed vocals. "With My Mind" takes that further with a brooding intensity and a hypnotic guitar riff that will embed itself in your brain, couple it with Tilly's magnetic voice, her sumptuous, soothing tones wrap around you and soon you're lost deep within.



9. Rae Morris - Skin

Rae returns to make 2014 her own with a new track "Skin", easily her finest to date and as devastating a moment as the year has offered us to date. "Skin", and please excuse the pun, gets under exactly that as metronomic piano chords chime with elegant simplicity amongst delicate vocals and luscious string instrumentation. It's all beautifully timed and Rae's lyrics possess a dark, haunting edge, the result is sure to bring goose-bumps to listeners all over.



8.Sea Change - Bridges

Sea Change (aka Ellen Sundes) was one of my revelations at The Great Escape (and judging by the reviews I've read, many others too). Even as an act I'd blogged about before the festival I was taken aback by her live show, performing as a trio in a pitch black (and tiny) basement I saw as intense and chilly a set I've ever, extraordinarily dark, her (surprisingly) epic electronic soundscapes and bass guitar rhythms combined perfectly around her undeniably sweet, ethereal vocal. It was simply stunning. The studio version of "Bridges" was released a couple of days before I departed for Brighton and with some distance from that performance the track still mesmerises, it starts relatively calm with ambient glitches, effects and spectral vocals immersing you within its hypnotic, dream-like state before spiraling to a searing finale of electronic noise, guitar and emotion.



7. The Night VI - Sienna

"Sienna" is simply magnificent, built around the crystal clear voice of Sophie-Rose, here filled with more heartache and emotion that you could bottle, the track will connect with anyone whose ever let someone they love slip through their fingers (pretty sure that's most of us) and supported by spacious, blissed-out instrumentation it provides an irresistible listen from its first to last moment.



6. Lykke Li - Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone

...sparse and confessional with languid, haunting acoustic echoes the sole accompaniment for Lykke's devastating delivery, you can tangibly feel her emotion throughout - what a beauty.



5. Sophie Jamieson - Stain / Other

"Stain" leaves exactly that on you, combining Sophie's delectable vocals, heart shattering lyrics and restrained instrumentation, the perfect marriage of space and structure to get under your skin with spine-tingling effect. The track comes backed with "Other", a fully realised beauty which highlights her bands influence more than ever. A stark, haunting drip feed of emotion.



4. Eliza Shaddad - You For Me

Labelled as a radio edit and yet six minutes in length (that's the same length as Bohemian Rhapsody, a story I'm sure we've all heard) the track epitomises the soft and graceful style of Eliza's music. "You For Me" really is as pretty a moment as I've heard all year, a genuine love song with ringing guitar patterns and a delicate, haunting backdrop which slowly introduces Eliza's stunning vocals, gorgeous and defiant, here coupled with lyrics as optimistic and heartfelt as you're ever likely to hear. "You For Me" is the sort of track that will bring you to a stand still whatever you are doing - simply magical.



3. Lisa Alma - Bittersweet

"Bittersweet", comes backed with a beautiful, pure black and white video, the imagery the perfect compliment to the track which leaves you longing, desperate for more. 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, with a smouldering guitar that captures the feeling of the track, just bloody gorgeous.



2. Broken Twin - In Dreams

A true highlight of an extraordinay album, as intimate and arresting an experience as music can offer



1. Shura - Touch

effortlessly sexy / cool melody that swoons amongst soft-glittering electronics and Shura's luxurious vocal, its simple and refined and despite its lyrics of "I wanna touch you but it's too late, I wanna touch you but there's history..." is straight-up baby-making music.



Hands down track of the year so far. Go and give it your love. 550k+ plays, Wow!!

Lisa Alma - Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers

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This song. Instant love. Honestly it goes straight into my top five tracks of the year. Thanks to Ja Ja Ja Music for the introduction to Lisa Alma, a Danish electro/dream pop artist who released her EP Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers back in February via Ikaros.

The song, "Bittersweet", comes backed with a beautiful, pure black and white video, the imagery the perfect compliment to the track which leaves you longing, desperate for more. 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, with a smouldering guitar that captures the feeling of the track, just bloody gorgeous.

The rest of the EP is likewise intoxicating, "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 with "When I Knew" fluttering in equally heavenly plains, an effortless marriage of dream-inducing synths, soul vocals and melancholy, you've possibly got the idea already but I'm spellbound.

Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers is available now via iTunes and with it comes the discovery of an album released last year... Christmas has come six months early.