American singer-songwriter and actress Alison Sudol releases her autobiographical and intimate new album, ‘Still Come The Night’, via Kartel Music Group – Stream / Buy ‘Still Come The Night’ Here. Alison will celebrate the release of the album with a unique live in-store performance and signing at Rough Trade East on October 4th. Any ticket bundle purchase enters fans in for a chance to win one signed test pressing of Alison Sudol’s ‘Still Come The Night’. Tickets available on Dice. Tickets for this event also include a physical copy of the fantastic new album in your format of choice to be collected from Rough Trade East on the day of the show.
The album is an impassioned effort that signals the welcome return of a unique artist, a powerful voice armed with candid lyrics and authentic musicianship. Written and co-produced by Alison with London based multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Chris Hyson – half of adventurous collective Snowpoet – ‘Still Come The Night’ owns its intimate sound to the studio’s backdrop, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, nestled between sheep fields in the Welsh countryside.
With only four songs and an internal mandate to create, Alison asked Chris if he would be interested in making an album together. They booked a week in Giant Wafer studios in early August, three days of which were set aside to finish a previous record that she had been working on. ‘So four days to make a record, having never really worked together before. Seemed reasonable enough…’ Alison laughs.
Chris recruited Welsh twin brothers LLoyd and Alex Haines on drums and guitar and engineer Alex Killpatrick to join them at Wafer. There they worked together from morning till midnight, writing song after song, creating a hushed intimacy and sense of space among, even, the many layers of songs with their subtle harmonies and intricate instrumentation made possible with the help of Welsh musician twin brothers Alex and Lloyd Haines playing guitar and drums and engineer Alex Killpatrick, ‘a total audio-nerd,’ says Alison. ‘There were mics and amps everywhere, including the kitchen so you had to pay attention if you were on cooking duty’
The core of the album, those four songs were written by Alison while isolating at her friend’s farm with her partner, she just found out she was pregnant when the world suddenly stopped, filming on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ – the movie franchise in which Alison stars as Queenie Goldstein – had been indefinitely suspended, the tour with Goldfrapp postponed, and for some reason she couldn’t taste or smell anything. The mood in London was strange, tense. No one knew how long this thing would last, and the risk for pregnant women. There, without any wifi, set with the changing seasons and the quiet solitude of their borrowed cottage as the backdrop, the first songs of her intimate and introspective yet powerful, poetic record, came quickly and quietly. London went into lockdown. Days later, they lost the baby.
‘Still Come The Night’ follows the release of the deeply personal single ‘Peaches‘, the poetic cut ‘Meteor Shower’ – released alongside the compelling video premiered by Hunger and directed by Alison’s close collaborator and Creative Director Federico Nessi, who is also responsible for the upcoming album’s art direction. The carefully curated eleven track album also includes the upcoming playful single ‘Playground’, the bucolic ‘Wasteland’, the intimate ‘Mary of the Willows’ – inspired by one of Alison’s favourite poets – Mary Oliver – one of the first songs she wrote for the album. The title track ‘Still Come the Night’ weaves imagery from the budding world outside with the barren one within, while ‘Come on Baby’, which Alison had written not long after leaving the farm, carries the melancholic atmosphere of those contemplative days. ‘Meteor Shower‘ serves as the book ending to the equally hypnotic opener, ‘Bone Tired’. ‘It’s the moment of space between one chapter ending and a new one beginning – a moment of uncertainty, the unknown… of possibility. The record begins with exhaustion and ends the same way, but with light pouring in.’
When Alison began writing ‘Still Comes the Night’, she knew that she wanted to make an album to process the different stages of grief that she and her partner experienced with the loss of their first baby in pregnancy. The upcoming album spans the emotions of Sudol’s journey, from the exhilaration of early love into the tightrope walk of excitement and uncertainty of pregnancy and ultimately through the complex and mysterious landscape of grief. “I needed this music. It helped me get through the hardest period of my life without running away from it.”
Still Come The Night is an album for anyone who has gone through loss to listen to and connect with. It is open and giving, vulnerable and brave. Alison taps into the weight of collective grief that we have all experienced over the last two and a half years: isolation, fear, sadness, illness, loss and powerlessness. In the ensuing rush to resume normal life, without enough opportunity for processing it all, it’s more important than ever to take the time to sit, listen and feel. It was important for me to make a record that someone actively grieving could listen to. I wanted to hold space for emotion, not impress my experience upon someone else. I wanted to hold the listener close to me and sing to them, to be balm rather than purely confrontational.
Alison Sudol forthcoming album ‘Still Come The Night’ is due for release on September 30th via Kartel Music Group. Stream / Buy ‘Still Come The Night’ Here
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