Shooting star Alice Phoebe Lou is back. The barefoot street musician, who regularly plays at the train stations of her adopted home Berlin, released her record “Glow” a few weeks ago. Overall, it is the fourth album by the 28-year-olds. As always, the petite one proves Alice her highly sensitive feeling for specific mood images. Each title consists of pure feeling and a spark of freedom that slumbers in the jack-of-all-trades.
While Alice Phoebe Lou had dealt with the places she traveled in many singles, “Glow” brings together a series of love songs for the first time. Quite a change in the cosmos of the elf-like musician, because she says: “I used to avoid writing love songs because I thought the topic was too exaggerated or trivial. That I would have to 'say something' with the song. But this album just poured out of my heart and subconscious and there was no stopping the love-loving nature of the songs ”.
In the tonal center is the guitar, next to her supple voice. Whether acoustic, with rich effects or infinite reverberation - Alice Phoebe Lou creates exciting worlds on “Glow” that you simply want to explore. Her slightly spiritual nature, which she lets flow into her sound, seems to maintain this magic, which can at best be compared with natural spectacles such as the northern lights. She plays with elements of grunge, jazz progressions and dances with bitter ease over painful lines. Alice Phoebe Lou's spell is perfect and cathartic.
Alice Phoebe Lou overcame the obstacles in production
At the same time, “Glow” is absolutely a product of that time, which Alice looks at with her wayward eyes. While she was otherwise driven by distance and wanderlust, for this album the musician had to rely on new experiences and on the interpersonal that became so much more important in the loneliness of the Lockdowns. So this album is all feeling, all relationship. Friendships are broken up and questioned, relationships cemented or shelved.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, there were always problems with the recordings of the productions and challenges. After all, “Glow” was supposed to be recorded and produced in an old-school analogue way. The single “Witches” in particular shows the newly discovered love for tapes. Despite all organizational problems, Alice Phoebe Lou was able to assert herself and breathe life into the album with the recording techniques of the last century. The result: pure love and nostalgia!
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