Three years on from her final album as Alessi’s Ark, Alessi Laurent-Marke prepares for the release of her new album with the single Wives.
"Wives is a meditation on womanhood and the powerful roles, responsibilities and loving duties all women strive to fulfil in their lifetimes. Inspired by women in my own family, in my close circle of friends and in widely woven feminine collective.”
Contrary to what the song title may suggest, Wives is a call to self-reliance and respect, rather than the pursuit of validation through others. “The idea of being someone's wife inspires me to no end. Recently I've come to believe that to be married to oneself, to be committed to nurturing our own spirits, will give us the best chance at growing truly loving relationships with our partners. Who are we if we're aren't present and loving to our own divine thread in this web?”
Wives is the first single from new album released later this year.
Alessi explains this coming of age process, “After a year of touring in support of 'The Still Life', I parted ways with my last label and worked in different environments; markets, shops, child minding, making art, healing courses whilst writing new music.”
From uploading home recordings to Myspace to working with Bright Eyes in Nebraska and touring the UK with Jenny Lewis and M.Ward it’s been a long and winding road for Alessi which has no doubt shaped her songs.
“The understated arrangements suggest you’re listening to a woman with impeccable taste” - MOJO
“It takes several plays to appreciate all the small touches that make each delicate piece” - THE GUARDIAN