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Alice Bomans Debüt-Album “Dream On” erscheint am 17. Januar 2020 auf Play It Again Sam.
Einlass: 19.30h, Beginn: 20.30h
“It’s a powerful feeling when you’re in that world and you lose track of time,” says Alice Boman of the deeply hypnotic state she entered when making her mesmerising and long-awaited debut album, Dream On. This transfixed state is one that she also seamlessly plunges her listeners into. Her deeply textural, atmospheric and immersive sounds – coupled with her fragile yet engulfing and ethereal vocals – create something of a vortex that listeners are sucked in by. A world where ambient, dream pop and folk merge into a unique new form.
The profound sense of quietness that can be heard in her music stems from its simple roots. Initially a project that started at home when she was a teenager, the songs she was making were just “sketches.” Yet as soon as other people heard them, it was clear that there was so much more to her talents than simple home tinkering. Two EPs followed, 2013’s Skisser and 2014’s EP II, as did a wave of critical acclaim and an array of TV placements for her music on shows such as Transparent, Wanderlust, and 13 Reasons Why. With her new reach, the Swedish songwriter captivated listeners one-by-one.
A period of reflection and concentration on songwriting followed, as did a run of stirring one-off singles made with producer Fabian Prynn: “Heartbeat”, “Dreams” and “End of Time.” Boman now finds herself in a place far away from the artist she started out as. “It’s like two different worlds,” she says. “I didn’t even realise that this was something I could do for a living. Things feel a bit more certain now and it’s nice to be able to dive into it fully.”
However, Boman soon wanted to introduce the nature of collaboration into this record, working again with Prynn and also embracing a new creative dynamic with producer Patrik Berger. “This album is a new way of exploring intimacy for me. It can be scary to create with other people but you have to let that other person in and not hold back.” While this record still remains distinctly and undeniably hers, working with Berger has had a big impact. “It felt so good and so right working with him right away,” she says. “It’s nice to be able to let go when it’s with someone you feel like you can trust.”
It’s an interesting partnership given Berger’s production history (Robyn, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Santigold). But this is not a glossy pop album. Instead, Berger tapped into the core of Boman’s sound and identity and elevated it to a new place.