Alice Merton has released her second album 'S.I.D.E.S.' which features the new focus track 'The Other Side'.
The 'S.I.D.E.S.' journey comes to an uplifting finale with its closing song 'The Other Side'. The turbulent moments that the album has explored have all passed and now Alice sees a break in the clouds and the road clearing for a much brighter future. The song’s breakdown neatly summarizes the album’s emotional excursion:
"It’s hard sometimes when you’re losing the track / It’s harder when you keep trying to fight it back / I thought it would be impossible, yeah it seemed to be so impossible / I’m on the other side of it now."
This album campaign has seen Alice raise the bar from what she achieved with her debut album 'Mint' with some of her biggest moments in fresh territories, including a US tour with Bastille, a career-defining orchestral concert of her biggest songs with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, and being named as Jo Whiley’s Infatuation on Radio 2.
The singles that have previewed the album — including 'Vertigo', 'Same Team' and 'Island' have seen Alice make a huge leap forward in both her artistic vision and her confidence. The voice and alt-pop addictiveness that first enamored fans remains at the core of her sound, but it’s adventurously doused with touches of indie, electronica, alt-rock and synth-pop. Ultimately, 'S.I.D.E.S.' sees Alice blur the boundaries between ragged rock energy and pop infectiousness. It is also the first album, where Alice has acted as the executive producer throughout the whole album.
"The last two years have been challenging for everyone in some way or another. Friends and family were lost, lockdowns were enforced, and our mental strength had been tested to its limit. S.I.D.E.S. tells the story of what I experienced during this time. There’s never one reason, or one solution, or one side of a story. Life is so multifaceted, it’s never black-and-white. Sometimes you feel trapped in a certain mindset and some things seem impossible to overcome, but that’s just one side of it. Once you start seeing the different sides of yourself and of the world around you, you realize that everything becomes a little less daunting."
Alice co-wrote and co-produced every song on the album, which also features some of her long-term collaborators as well as big names such as Koz, Jonny Coffer, Jennifer Decilveo and mixed by Matt Green. The album is released on her own label, Paper Plane Records. She will follow the album’s release with a selection of key European summer festivals and her autumn 'S.I.D.E.S.' headline tour.
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