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Single release 13th January 2017, on  Super Fan 99 

Three years on from her final album as Alessi’s Ark, Alessi Laurent-Marke prepares for the release of her new album with the single Wives. Wistful with trademark melodies and hooks, Wives is a winsome assertion of female independence. 

"Wives is a meditation on womanhood and the powerful roles, responsibilities and loving duties all women strive to fulfil in their lifetimes. Inspired by women in my own family, in my close circle of friends and in widely woven feminine collective.”  says Alessi. 

Contrary to what the song title may suggest, Wives is a call to self-reliance and respect, rather than the pursuit of validation through others. “The idea of being someone's wife inspires me to no end. Recently I've come to believe that to be married to oneself, to be committed to nurturing our own spirits, will give us the best chance at growing truly loving relationships with our partners. Who are we if we're aren't present and loving to our own divine thread in this web?”

Wives is the first single from new album released in the new year. Her folk pop has evolved over the years from it’s humble bedroom beginnings and these days has more in common with Cocteau Twins or Charlotte Gainsbourg than the somewhat lazy Joanna Newsom comparisons of old.

Alessi explains this coming of age process, “After a year of touring in support of 'The Still Life', I parted ways with Bella Union and worked in different environments; markets, shops, child minding, making art, healing courses whilst writing new music.”

From uploading home recordings to Myspace to working with Bright Eyes in Nebraska and touring the US with Jenny Lewis and M.Ward it’s been a long and winding road for Alessi which has no doubt shaped her songs. Wives sounds like a very British tale being told in a California desert setting. It’s a beautifully produced and expertly executed taster from the new record which will no doubt excite fans both old and new.

The single release features another new album track 'DLD’ and will be released on download and an extremely limited 8" lathe cut vinyl, manufactured for Super Fan 99 in Tuscon Arizona. 

“The understated arrangements suggest you’re listening to a woman with impeccable taste” -MOJO
“Singing like a cross between Hope Sandoval and Bjork, Laurent-Marke has made a record of deceptive simplicity” - BBC
“It takes several plays to appreciate all the small touches that make each delicate piece” -THE GUARDIAN
“The old school songwriting and airy, summery production will leave you utterly spellbound” -CLASH