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Alice Mary is classically trained, techno-loving Jimi Hendrix fan who has somehow become a pop musician. Taking inspiration from her varied interests she has created an intriguing debut EP in I Am Here. Like many musicians Alice is an introvert off-stage, but on-stage she commands attention with stark lyrics, intricate guitar playing and memorable, haunting melodies.
Alice Mary began recording music in her bedroom when she was 14 years old. Back then she used a four-track tape recorder, layering guitar parts and quietly singing over the top, hoping no one could hear her voice. But after years of playing guitar for other bands and geeking out making electronic music in her bedroom, she decided to bring her artistic voice to the fore and start her own solo project.
I Am Here was originally intended to be a set of instrumentals, born from experimenting with recordings of a broken autoharp. Listening to producers like Shigeto and Flying Lotus, Alice began stretching, twisting and splicing up the recordings, and adding programmed drum beats and synth parts. At the same time, she started writing lyrics in an effort to untangle and express overwhelming feelings of love and loss that had been kept at bay for too long. When Alice matched these lyrics to the instrumentals, her songs came to life.
Influenced by lyricists like Feist, Conor Oberst and St Vincent, Alice Mary’s songs refuse to shy away from unflattering truths about herself. She explores the confusing feeling of bouncing between extremes: love and hate, passion and apathy, confusion and clarity. Her lyrics lay everything bare; with brevity and a sense of humour she owns up to the selfish, petty and unattractive thoughts most of us are too embarrassed to bring up.
After a successful Indiegogo campaign her debut EP I Am Here was released in July 2017 on a limited run of CDs. Her song Failing In Love premiered on Clash Music and the song's surreal and intriguing video, the fruits of a collaboration with artist Simon Clark, was described by Fame Magazine as 'darkly wonderful'. Her songs have received radio play on BBC 6 Music, Amazing Radio and Hoxton Radio, and she has performed live across London at The Finsbury, Amersham Arms, and The Boogaloo, and in Paris at Supersonic and Le Pop Up Du Label.