Brooklyn-based Alice and the Glass Lake is ethereal music for dreamers, the kind of tunes that can switch your mood around and change the story in your head when you’re having a bad day. The gorgeous songstress recently released a fantastic new video shot at Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains for her single “Coming Down,” premiered last week during a private concert in Los Angeles at Space 1520. We hung out with Alice for a portrait session with L.A. photographer Evan Lane and talked about dreams, inspirations and new chapters.
LF: Can you tell us a little bit about the recording process of your first EP, “The Evolution.”
AL: The recording process for “The Evolution” was very layered, usually beginning with a bare bones song and resulting in a world of sounds. I spent a lot of time singing harmonies and adding textures in order to flesh out an identity. I like to think of each song as little pocket of my imagination.
LF: Is there an overall theme running throughout the record?
AL: Yes, the theme was one of personal growth and self-love, of getting to know the world through experience and failure.
LF: What does the title mean to you?
AL: “The Evolution” really represents the many metamorphoses I’ve undergone and a human and as an artist. I’ve changed so much in the past 10 years! It’s been an incredible and beautiful journey – but also a difficult one. This record was meant to acknowledge that process and also that it will continue for the rest of my life.
LF: Congrats on the video, it’s so beautiful! How and why did you pick Ida Rodriguez Joglar to work with you on creative direction?
AL: Thank you! You know, I am so grateful for Ida… she just sort of appeared in my life at the right moment. A mutual friend put us in contact and said we should make a video. Our first work on my song “Higher” blew me away because she had her thumb on the pulse of my vision – she just understood without trying. So when thinking about a second video I approached her for a treatment and we worked to build upon the story we already started.
LF: Where do you see yourself in five years?
AL: I’d like to be making my best music yet and touring the world playing it. And I hope to always have this same lust for life.
LF: Do you remember your first concert?
AL: Hah, I do! It wasn’t so long ago, actually… maybe five years. I played an acoustic show at a beer garden in Northern Wisconsin and had the whole bar singing along to Lyle Lovett.
LF: Who are some other artists you’d like to tour with right now?
AL: Oh man, a bunch. To name a few—St. Vincent, Bon Iver, Local Natives, CHVRCHES, Active Child…
LF: What’s the last dream you remember having?
AL: I daydream a lot as well as having vivid night dreams. I suppose it’s my imagination getting away from me. I can’t tell you the details exactly but I’m sure I was traveling someplace.
LF: Three things you can’t live without…
AL: Love. Trees. Healthy food.
LF: How fast do you live?
AL: Too fast sometimes! I’m so passionate and excited that sometimes I forget to actually “live”— meaning, to be a normal person and go to the movies on a Friday night, or plan a vacation. Or get enough sleep. I always forget to do that.