Alice Jemima’s self-titled debut is a floaty and atmospheric introduction into her world of simplistic electro pop. Exploring the eternal themes of love and youth in the sub-context of the contemporary ‘Alice Jemima’ is a playful and luscious pop record.
Her seductive yet naïve dream pop induced with R&B rhythms finds room for both honesty and intimacy. ‘Dodge A Bullet’ showcases this lyrical balance, evoking a sense of emotional investment, whilst tracks like ‘So’ flourish in the ability to convey lightness through sparkly and exciting production.
She has previously mentioned The XX as a major influence, and it clearly comes across throughout ‘Alice Jemima’. Though the dreamscape of simplistic pop tunes definitely draws allusions, Alice Jemima brings forth a more feminine and optimistic fling within the sonics of her melodies.
‘No More’ lets each element linger in the spacious soundscape, whereas songs like ‘Liquorice’ play with different elements and a more experimental lyrical presentation. The lively lyricism has an edge of seriousness luring right under the surface, giving a compelling depth to the tracks.
The song where the predominant theme of the album stands the most clearly is ‘Falling Out Of Love’. Letting the production stand to a minimal, Alice lets her poetic lyricism and the natural melancholy of the song play out to its full potential.
Showing a slight tint of darkness, ‘Toxic’ an infectious and immensely detailed tune highlighting Alice’s mesmerizing vocals through echoing layers. Her hazy ode to carpe diem, ‘Live For Now’ features some luminous Beach House vibes, and is more organic than the rest.
Though as a continuous piece the record can come across slightly monotone it’s a striking debut, each song blessed with a certain capturing quality. Alice Jemima has certainly found her own style, and though she keeps a bit safe for now this debut album shows heaps of potential with her endearing sound.
Words: Aurora Henni Krogh
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