When we first came across the song ‘Shift & Flux’ from Bristol musical project Ålesund, we were immediately hooked. Beautiful vocal delivery, graceful composition and a talent that was wholly unique. Fast-forward 12 months and the group have had a tremendous campaign which saw the release of their debut EP, in addition to performing a number of special headline shows. Now working alongside producer Jake Bright once more and a set of UK and European dates locked in for 2020, Ålesund are all set to start off the new year in style.
To mark the occasion, the group are sharing a brand new live video of their single ‘Home’, performed in the beautiful natural setting of Christchurch Studios in Clifton, which we’re super excited to premiere for you today.
Singer and songwriter Alba Torriset wrote the song a few years back whilst she was musing on the ideas of having ‘roots’, where we come from and the importance of belonging.
“Musically, the song flits from pensive, sparse and dreamy feeling verses to big, wide and soaring choruses. The verses seem questioning whereas the choruses are more defiant. The band worked hard on creating unusual sonic textures, such as the skipping brushed drum pattern, brushed guitar strings and the use of a doubled vocal effect on the chorus “Ooohs”. These all seemed to help shape the music and make the shift from verse to chorus all the more stronger”
Check out the live video for ‘Home’ above and if you like what you see, catch up on Ålesund’s stunning cover of Foals hit single ‘Exits’.
Be sure to catch the band on tour this year via the dates below.
25th Feb – The Wardrobe, Bristol
29th Feb – Glastonbury Calling Festival, Glastonbury
8th Mar – Acapela Studio, Cardiff
10th Mar – The Paper Dress, London
13th Mar – The Wolfhound, Harleem
17th Mar – Freundlich & Kompetent, Hamburg
18th Mar – Q Cafe, Marberg
20th Mar – Gallagher’s Nest, Muchweier
21st Mar – Kiss, Freiburg