Alice Wallace (from the album Into the Blue available on Rebelle Road Records/JTMMusic)
The latest release from Alice Wallace, Into the Blue, kicks off with a dirty acoustic guitar. Five seconds in the keyboards, crashing drums, and Alice share a lament about ‘two weeks of wasted time’ and despite the lost lover needing to stay lost, the feeling still hits ‘like a punch in the gut’. The lonely in the cut, “The Lonely Talking”, takes on a human form in the words and music of Alice Wallace. What follows this mournful opener Into the Blue is an album of dark folk and ambient alt-country driven by Alice Wallace’s deliberate voice, sultry and sweeping and at times its own symphonic instrumentation.
The pedal steel in “Elephants” is atmospheric and lives behind the strong words for the #metoo movement, calling out the true fragility of men high on a false power they shouldn’t hold. Lines like ‘boys will be boys why don’t you call him what he is’ are a call to arms and an inspiration to speak out. The song blows the lid off the myth that letting boys be boys is an reason for unacceptable behavior, a cowardly excuse and inane defense that shouldn’t work in anyone’s reasoning. “Desert Rose” and “Echo Canyon” are doses of desert noir and a soundtrack of the Southwest, while a cut like “The Same Old Song” come off with a laid-back dose of blues and booze punctuated with beautiful blues guitar. Alice Wallace is a writer unafraid to explore an array of subjects; historical narratives, perspectives on nature, current topics, self-questioning and personal reflection are all on the table. Into the Blue is a polished album, while at times instrumentally rough around the edges, a touch that supports the honest delivery of Alice Wallace’s writing. (by Bryant Liggett)
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