After causing more than a few ripples across the capital, ALASKALASKA burst forth earlier in the year but not one but two singles: ‘Bitter Winter’ and ‘Familiar Ways’. That pair showcased the London six-piece’s ability to balance introspective lyrics and melodies with party-ready vibes, mixing up synthetic and live drums that characterised that balance between warm and icy.
Now, with their debut EP just around the corner, they’ve given a third taste of what to expect. ‘Patience’ builds on the foundation that their previous two tracks built, combining tinny percussive tones and glacial synth with bursts of saxophone, clashing, rolling cymbals and lilting guitar melodies. Vocalist Lucinda’s voice inhabits a pace between organic and alien, her tones becoming warped by effects, sometimes twisting into the void but at others grounded by harmonies.
ALASKALASKA are becoming masters of the juxtaposition, bringing together entirely different tones, feels and genres under their alt-pop banner. And it’s becoming more and more immersive and engaging with every new track.
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