Alessi’s Ark - Notes From The Tree House

There is undoubted talent entwined into the music and lyrics which makes this a gem of an album.


At the hands of the younger generations sophisticated and hauntingly good music has flourished. Firstly Laura Marling took over with pretty melodies and mature lyrics and now is the turn of eighteen year old Alessi. The vocals are strong yet innocent and carry the message of the album with ease. Instead of using the acoustic guitar as a crutch Alessi clutches tightly to the patter of drums and breathy vocals.

‘Over The Hill’ is so radio-friendly Jo Wiley must be drooling at the mouth whilst ‘The Asteroids Collide’ relies more on breathy Kate Bush vocals and sparse drumming allowing an indie contingent to also be won over. There is something almost grating in the whimsy though. There is twee and then there is dripping-in-sugar-and-rolling-in-treacle which is almost where this ends up as the saccharine vocals spread themselves thickly in songs like ‘Ribbon Lakes’. However, there is delicacy in parts which is breathtaking. Songs like ‘Constellations’ is simple and reminiscent of Yael Naïm’s effortless musings. A little like Bat For Lashes in places such as ‘Woman’ and a little like St. Vincent in ‘Hummingbird’. There is a strong sense of individuality though which runs like a thread through the album as well as an assured and confident air.

It’s a mature and in places beautiful album. Although at times it might seem a little over-produced there is undoubted talent entwined into the music and lyrics which makes this a gem of an album but perhaps one to take in small doses.

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