Alice Ivy Releases New Single and Debut Album

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By Hilary Grant

On Feb 06, 2018

Last Gang Records announces the signing of Melbourne-based beat-maker and electrifying musical force, Alice Ivy. Her brand-new single, “Chasing Stars,” features ARIA-award winning, singer-songwriter Bertie Blackman, and is featured on Alice Ivy’s forthcoming debut album, I’m Dreaming, which will be released on February 9, 2018 via Last Gang Records. The album pre-order is up on DSPs now, and fans who preorder the album will immediately receive five of the eleven tracks on the album: “Touch (feat. Georgia Van Etten)”; “Be Friends (feat. Cazeaux O.S.L.O. & Tim De Cotta)”; “Chasing Stars (feat. Bertie Blackman)”; “Almost Here (feat. RaRa)”; and “Get Me A Drink (feat. E^ST& Charlie Threads).”  Full track listing and album art below.


Chasing Stars” is a shimmering, infectious and dreamy ride of electronic, disco-house-pop, powered by inimitable voice of Blackman. Ivy met Blackman while supporting Urthboy, and the pair quickly becoming mutual appreciators. Ivy later reached out with an instrumental, a soaring run of synths and horns that reminded Blackman of flying. Typically, Ivy drives the writing process but she let Blackman take a lead on the lyrics for this one.

“’Chasing Stars’ is one of my favorite moments on the album,” says Ivy. “Being given the opportunity to work with Bertie was a dream come true for me. The dynamics of the instrumentation are the perfect fit to the strong and sometimes fragile moments of Bertie’s vocals on the song, which are SO rich with emotion and meaning. Bertie and I started writing it over email, however the finished song came together in a couple of hours in Joyride’s studio above a pub in suburban Sydney. The vocal tracking only took three hours; however, the instrumentation is what took the longest. I’ve hung onto this song in demo form for about a year and a half now. Lyrically, ‘Chasing Stars’ is about Lincoln Beachey, the first man to do a loop to loop in an airplane. The music has many layers which depict the endless landscape of the sky.”

Few artists arrive with a debut album as fully formed as Ivy’s. I’m Dreaming is the product of a life spent playing and studying music — a life that has turned the 24-year-old, née Annika Schmarsel, into something of an auteur, self- reliant but with a love of collaboration. Playing guitar in soul bands in her formative years, it was only when she moved to Melbourne that she started mastering the editing suite. Now based in Brunswick, she has her own home studio where most of I’m Dreaming was recorded and self-produced. From producing beats, writing music and lyrics and to singing on the record, Alice Ivy pulled all the strings for this album.

Alice Ivy has previously released a video for the album track “Be Friends.” Watch it here.