Release Date: Jan 31, 2020
Record label: N/A
Genre(s): Jazz, Vocal, Pop/Rock, Vocal Jazz
The human voice is often described as an instrument. ALA.NI takes this notion and crams fireworks down its throat as she delivers an album completely created a cappella: mimicking each bowed string and blown reed with her voice box alone. The accuracy with which these sounds are reproduced is incredible. ALA.NI is either a witch, goddess, or very talented singer and arranger - our guess is that she's a little pinch of each.
When 'You & I', the debut album from London-born singer Ala.ni, dropped at the beginning of 2016, it sounded like it had fallen through a wormhole from another age. At a time when the airwaves were so dominated by the squeaky modern club-pop of Sia and Ed Sheeran that even Adele's piano-led soul sounded positively ancient, here was something that cast its net way back, beyond the '80s, '70s or '60s revivals, to capture a sound so long departed that it sounded strangely fresh. Packed with soothing songs about doomed romance, the record was largely dismissed as music to cheat on your spouse to.