Known for her critically acclaimed band Alyeska, Alaska Reid is stepping out on her own for the upcoming Big Bunny EP, a collection of short stories in songs out December 11 on Terrible Records. Today the Montana-bred, Los Angeles-based artist shared an expansive single & video for “Oblivion” from the project, debuted on FADER. Produced by A. G. Cook (Charli XCX, Jónsi, PC Music) and Rodaidh McDonald (David Byrne, Adele, The xx), Alaska explains: “We had enough money for fake blood and a bit for editing by Clayton Pettet. The girls in my video are friends from my and my sister’s childhood. Just us freezing our asses off in the snow of Albertsons parking lot & sliding on ice. ‘Oblivion’ spans my life so far — Montana, LA, London — a ‘girl versus the world’ story that I roped all these special people and elements of life into.”
Following “Boys From Town” from Big Bunny, the video for “Oblivion” was directed by Alaska’s sister, actress/artist Lilliya Scarlett. The EP is about both of them growing up in Montana chasing rabbits, singing in local bars and rodeos – and Alaska’s eventual move to Los Angeles, grappling with a sense of displacement between her two homes. “I think feeling lost is a big part of it, but also feeling tough and sad at the same time,” Alaska said. “Also there are moments I try to capture the feeling of content and the bittersweet imperfection of it.” Her music also comes from different worlds – a little Joni Mitchell meets Dinosaur Jr., the singer-songwriter joins poignant lyricism with fuzzed out alternate tunings, merging organic and electronic elements to create captivating stories of her own & other young women characters.
John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr.) produced Alyeska’s debut Crush EP, the final album recorded at The Magic Shop legendary studio, following a lineage including David Bowie’s Blackstar, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, plus Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Blondie and beyond. From a converted one-room schoolhouse in Park County, Montana to playing dive bars on the Sunset Strip in LA and eventually recording in New York City, Alaska’s journey is just beginning: “I’ve been scuttling around the scene since I was 14, first as an Americana/country chick and then as a band chick, and now I’m arriving at a more unfiltered self. Some of these songs have grown up with me. I’m excited to release them because the lyrics mean something to me, but also because it has been a long time in the works. It’s a diary of my life.”