Alessi's Ark - the Horse
“I was told that kite-flying’s for lovers,” sings 18-year-old Alessi, instantly immersing you into her whimsical, poetic world. It could be the opening line to a novel, or part of a movie pitch. Instead it is the enchanting intro to The Horse.
Part of the many-headed London nu-folk scene which includes Laura Marling, Mumford And Sons, Noah And the Whale et al, Alessi was raised on sophisticated classic sounds by her parents who gave her a copy of Graham Nash’s Songs For Beginners. which proved to be a great inspiration. Her interest in songwriting flourished as part of her school studies with one track Glendora, which features on her forthcoming debut album, actually written for her music GCSE.
“But at that time I had never really thought of being a singer," she says. "I sang in the school choir and that was about it. I only really learned the names of the chords when I made this record."
Exams behind her, she opted to pursue a music career with a view to returning to academia if it all went wrong but a deal with EMI allowed her to work with Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes for her debut.
The delicately dreamy track The Horse – taken from the debut EP of the same name, out on December 8 – is sensually breathy country pop with harp flourishes, which will send you misty-eyed, lost in a world of love that is just out of reach. And as it closes after less than two minutes you will feel bereft, grasping, pining for more.
10:48 AM | 18/11/2008
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