Time Travel, the sophomore album of folkstress Alessi’s Ark, is due via Bella Union April 25th. In anticipation of the release, Alessi is giving away her lovely first single, “Wire”, a warm and contemplative reflection on relationships and loneliness (“I feel lonely/ My friends don’t seem to know me/ Like I thought they did”). The always-adorable Laurent-Marke seems to have lost none of her charm (like she could!) but gained some worldly wisdom and even weariness. “Wire” is a perfect blend of her trademark whimsy and grounded emotional expression. The video, directed by the quirky and talented Anika Mottershaw, strikes a similarly poignant balance between quaint innocence and bittersweet maturity.
In her time since recording Notes from the Treehouse, Alessi has switched labels, released an EP, and toured across the globe. If “Wire” is any indication, Time Travel seems like it will be a sophisticated account of her experiences and personal growth.