Alessi’s Ark have unveiled a re-worked version of their 2009 track ‘Woman’, which featured on the debut album Notes from the Treehouse, originally recorded with producer Mike Mogis.
Speaking about the track, Alessi Laurent-Marke states: “”Woman” was one of the first songs I wrote, aged 14 and I self-released a bedroom demo of the song via Myspace and handmade CDs in and around London in 2006. The song was later included on my first album Notes from the Treehouse, (recorded in 2007-2008) and released in 2009. It was a very minimalist recording, with just acoustic guitars and a subtle bass part. Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley) produced the record and we sampled (with permission!) the heartbeat from our friend and assistant engineer, Ian Aeillo’s, baby daughter Talullah, (who was yet to be born) to encapsulate the idea of ‘motherhood’ and creations of all kinds. I could never have imagined working with such wonderful musicians in Omaha and meeting such lovely people.”
Take a listen below, via the new video directed by Alex Ruhl…
Elaborating further, Alessi states: “11 years on and my bandmate/co-producer/partner, Jason Santos, and I decided to return to “Woman” with a new vision for the song. Synths, percussion and delicate layers of melody wrap around the listener’s ears as the story is told from deeper experience and a new heart of faith. The track was recorded between our flat in London and a studio cabin in East Sussex.”
“Woman” is a very intimate song about the role of a woman playing an integral role in all creation. It’s a reflection on the cycle of life. It is incredible to think that all life forms inside a female…that women are blessed with the inbuilt design and ability to create life, whether that be a human baby or a piece of art, at the very centre of our being, we are creative by nature.”
It’s been a gradual burning, shimmering process for the remarkable Alessi’s Ark. A name and cinematic voice which has been built upon years of experimentation, travel, resilience and triumph. Alessi has since toured extensively in the UK, Europe, US and Japan in support of her releases with M.Ward, Jenny Lewis, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Sharon Van Etten and John Grant, amongst others.