ALASKALASKA are a London based art-pop 6 piece. Since 2016 they have been busy cultivating a beautiful groove-laden sound, seamlessly blending jazz, disco, funk and R&B into something totally new and unique. Bandleader and vocalist, Lucinda John-Duarte’s ethereal and otherworldly voice twists brooding and introspective lyrics into hypnotic melodies, which play out alongside rich and intricate arrangements – synthetic beats and live drums, shimmering guitars, pulsing bass, with swirling synths and saxophones rounding it all off.
Their brilliant self-titled debut EP is the perfect introduction to their brand of unique off-kilter pop. The four songs – “Bitter Winter”, “Familiar Ways”, “Patience”, “This” – mark the arrival of a formidable group, reminiscent of Arthur Russell, Talk Talk, Dirty Projectors and Warpaint. They’ve built a cult following and reputation as extraordinary performers through a handful of shows in London and most recently on tour throughout the UK and Europe supporting Alvvays.
Their music has been described as “swirling art-jazz” (NME), “gorgeous” (DIY), and “instantly hypnotic” (FADER). Following early support from Beats 1, they’ve already received 10 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”).
Today they reveal the visuals for “Patience” via a feature and interview with Noisey, the video was directed by Ozzie Pullin and conceptualized by singer Lucinda. It is inspired by classic 90s film Sliding Doors, and naturally, a love of watermelons, it was filmed around the band’s South East London locale. The song was inspired by the more pop-leaning side of the Tsonga (or Shangaan) disco movement. Its climatic intertwining sax driven finale has become a highlight of their live performances and serves as another taste of their brilliant self-titled debut EP.
ALASKALASKA (EP) is out on September 29th via Marathon Artists’ Imprint House Anxiety (the label that introduced the world to King Krule and Courtney Barnett). There is a release party at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on September 28th, their biggest headline show to date, with support from Sorry and Boniface. Limited ticket and 12″ EP bundles are available exclusively from Dice now.