ALASKALASKA is an art-pop 6 piece from London. They make beautiful, groove-laden music that seamlessly blends jazz, disco, funk and R&B into a bold and playful sound uniquely their own; synthetic beats play alongside live drums, delayed guitars and swirling saxophones to create something musically rich and delightfully intricate.
Band leader and vocalist Lucinda twists brooding and introspective lyrics, maybe akin to the words of Arthur Russell, into infectious melodies reminiscent of Warpaint, Dirty Projectors or Talk Talk, which demand repeat listens and could as easily soundtrack a wistful evening alone as they could a party. They’ve built a cult following and reputation as extraordinary performers through a handful of low-key London shows, and they’re heading out on a full UK / EU tour supporting Alvvays this August / September.
The first track from the EP, Bitter Winter, has been described as “gorgeous” (DIY) and “swirling art-jazz” (NME). Following early support from Beats 1 it has already received nine Radio 1 plays – winning over the national stations specialist team of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens (“So, so good”) and Phil Taggart (“I really, really like this one”).
Today they drop the accompanying video made by 17-year-olds Soren Harrison and Amir Hossain. Inspired by a brief to create something reflecting hours parked on the sofa watching WWF wrestling and basic satellite TV, the video sees the band transported from their living room to an amateur wrestling match between hero Bitter Winter and villain Slim Pickins. Soren commented on the production, “this is the first ever music video we have created, an exciting experience that was both fun yet intimidating.”
With the video release they also announce their self-titled debut EP, released via House Anxiety / Marathon Artists (the label home the introduced the world to everyone from King Krule to Courtney Barnett) on 29th September.
It is the perfect introduction to their unique brand of off-kilter pop and to celebrate it’s the release they will be playing their biggest show to date at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on September 28th. Limited ticket and 12” EP bundles are available exclusively from Dice now.
See ALASKALASKA live at the following dates
29th August Talking Heads, Southampton *** supporting Alvvays
3rd September Institute 2, Birmingham *** supporting Alvvays
4th September Rescue Rooms, Nottingham *** supporting Alvvays
6th September Bullingdon Arms, Oxford *** supporting Alvvays
7th September Gorilla, Manchester *** supporting Alvvays
8th September Koko, London *** supporting Alvvays
11th September Point Ephemere, Paris *** supporting Alvvays
12th September Blue Shell, Cologne *** supporting Alvvays
13th September Molotow, Hamburg *** supporting Alvvays
14th September Musik + Frieden, Berlin *** supporting Alvvays
16th September Trix, Antwerp *** supporting Alvvays
17th September Ekko, Utrecht *** supporting Alvvays
18th September Bitterzoet, Amsterdam *** supporting Alvvays
28th September Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club