ALASKALASKA iss an art-pop 6 piece from London. They make beautiful, groove-laden music that seamlessly blends jazz, disco, funk and R&B into a bold and playful sound uniquely their own; synthetic beats play alongside live drums, delayed guitars and swirling saxophones to create something musically rich and delightfully intricate. Band leader and vocalist Lucinda twists brooding and introspective lyrics – akin to the words of Arthur Russell – into infectious melodies reminiscent of Warpaint, Dirty Projectors or Talk Talk, which demand repeat listens and could as easily soundtrack an evening alone as they could a party. They’ve built a cult following and reputation as extraordinary performers through a handful of low-key London shows, and they’re heading out on a full UK / EU tour supporting Alvvays this August and September.
Following early support from Beats 1 it has already received nine Radio 1 plays – winning over the national stations specialist team of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens (“So, so good”) and Phil Taggart (“I really, really like this one”). Today they drop the accompanying video made by 17-year-olds Soren Harrison and Amir Hossain. Inspired by a brief to create something reflecting hours parked on the sofa watching WWF wrestling and basic satellite TV, the teenager duo’s first video sees the band transported from their living room to an amateur wrestling match between hero ‘Bitter Winter’ and villain ‘Slim Pickins’.
Alongside the video release today they also announce their self-titled debut EP, released via House Anxiety / Marathon Artists (the label home that introduced the world to King Krule and Courtney Barnett) on September 29th. It is the perfect introduction to their unique brand of off-kilter pop.
Lucinda had a few words to say about “Bitter Winter” and the accompanying video, “the song is about the internal battles you have with your psyche, knowing full well that you can’t win a battle against yourself. We wanted the video to incorporate some kind of fighting or footage of some sort of struggle and we could have gone down a much darker route but after meeting with Soren and Amir, we decided to try something a bit more playful. The excuse to dress up and get all our mates involved was too good to miss.”
Half of the directorial duo, Soren, also commented on the production, “this is the first ever music video we have created, an exciting experience that was both fun and intimidating.”
ALASKALASKA Live Dates:
29th August- Talking Heads, Southampton *** supporting Alvvays
3rd September – Institute 2, Birmingham *** supporting Alvvays
4th September – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham *** supporting Alvvays
6th September – Bullingdon Arms, Oxford *** supporting Alvvays
7th September – Gorilla, Manchester *** supporting Alvvays
8th September – Koko, London *** supporting Alvvays
11th September – Point Ephemere, Paris *** supporting Alvvays
12th September – Blue Shell, Cologne *** supporting Alvvays
13th September – Molotow, Hamburg *** supporting Alvvays
14th September – Musik + Frieden, Berlin *** supporting Alvvays
16th September – Trix, Antwerp *** supporting Alvvays
17th September – Ekko, Utrecht *** supporting Alvvays
18th September – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam *** supporting Alvvays