Alice Skye Releases Debut Album
Honoured as the inaugural recipient of the ‘First Peoples Emerging Artist Award’ last month, the stage is now set at a national level for Alice Skye as the 22-year-old Wergaia woman releases her eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Friends With Feelings’.
Recently released, deeply intimate and reflective, Alice explains that ‘Friends with Feelings’ is a collection of songs taken from journal entries she has written over the years. “There are different landscapes and times in my life that these songs are a product of,” she said.
“The title track was written after being told by someone to think of my emotions as colours. I’m deeply preoccupied with identity, it’s something that gives me stability – understanding my culture and who I am. This whole album for me is a reminder of where I was, where I’ve been and where I’m still going.”
Alice Skye first caught national attention back in 2015 with her debut single You Are The Mountains. Recorded at the CAAMA Music studios in Alice Springs as one of 8 winners of the Alukura Songwriting Competition, late 2015 saw Alice chosen as finalist in the Triple J Unearthed NIMA competition and one of the 5 new Indigenous artists you need to hear.
You Are The Mountains also earned Alice radio airplay, a record deal with Indigenous record label CAAMA Music and a management deal with Penney and Logan. Invited to return to CAAMA Music’s Alice Springs studio to record her first full-length album, it turned out to be a fortuitous and pivotal life moment: “When I was asked to return to Alice Springs to record an album, I took two weeks off university to be up there and I never ended up returning to uni. My life is now about music”.
From Country Victoria, Alice grew up aside the sandstone mountains and wildflowers of the Grampians. Still inspired by her roots, Alice’s songs resonate with a sensitivity and maturity well beyond her years. Accompanied by the gentle and hauntingly sparse melodies of a piano score, her journal entries are transformed into well-crafted, articulate lyrics on love, loss and life.
Catch Alice at Tjungu Festival and officially launching ‘Friends with Feelings’ across an anticipated national launch tour with Emily Wurramara mid-2018.
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