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Alana-Lee – Weeds

Alana-Lee - Weeds

 Alana-Lee - Weeds

Alana-Lee – Weeds

ARTIST NAME: Alana-Lee

 

SONG TITLE: Weeds

 

RELEASE DATE: Friday 18 June 2021

 

GENRE: Alt-Pop

 

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Lurking on the edges of sweetness and sass, singer-songwriter Alana-Lee is no wholesome wallflower. A religious childhood in Fiji followed by dangerous teen rebellion and adult adventuring have allowed the Blue Mountains (NSW, Australia) artist a unique perspective on the light and dark side of life. She stirs these themes into her songs as an invitation to see the world through a broader lens.
Alana-Lee’s explorative self-production adds a deeper dimension to her piano-based tracks. Her independently released singles Black Chemistry and Escape Act (2020) defy the traditional singer-songwriter expectations with moody percussive rhythms, meandering hooks, and magnetic vocals.
Escape Act was met with Double J support and both tracks were spun on countless community radio stations including 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide, Edge Radio, Aussie Music Weekly, and Fine Music Sydney.
Alana-Lee released her new single ‘Weeds’ on Friday 18 June and joined Sam Buckingham for three dates on her national tour.

 

 

LYRICS:

 

A weed is just a tree
That creeps among the green
In places, we don’t want
Like a leaf, it tethers
A seed to a dweller
It weaves between the soil
A weed is but a pest
An undesired guest
A healthy home’s invader
It starves the sitting water
Competes with leaves and clovers
Turns its stem to beige

 

Weeds are to the garden
As people are to earth
They give and take in measure
Destroy and rebirth
We overgrow our cities
And undercut our worth
Weeds are to the garden
As people are to earth

 

Our planet is pristine
Its hands are emerald green
The foolish forget to care
It opens up the sky
Is broken and alive
Defends us and expands
We are but a pest
An undesired guest
A healthy home’s invader
We starve the sitting water
Compete with seas and clovers
Turn the lands to haze

 

Weeds are to the garden
As people are to earth
They give and take in measure
Destroy and rebirth
We overgrow our cities
And undercut our worth
Weeds are to the garden
As people are to earth
Weeds are to the garden
As people are to earth

 

Maybe we take more than we give
How do we keep it all living?
Maybe we take more than we give
How do we keep it all living?
Maybe we take more than we give
Got to keep it turning
When are we going to realize
It’s burning

 

Weeds are to the garden
As people are to earth
They give and take in measure
Destroy and rebirth
We overgrow our cities
And undercut our worth
Weeds are to the garden
As people are to earth

 

 

Influence: Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Australian artist Kate Miller-Heidke, and Sara Bareilles.

 

Composition: The composition has two verses, a chorus, and an angst bridge. The chords are quite cyclical and center on ‘A minor’ but also use descending chords. The sentiment of the song is that the human race is destroying the earth so there are minor and diminished chords that build the darker, broody mood. During songwriting, I was quite stuck on the bridge. I took the song to Helen Shanahan (another songwriter in Perth, Australia) who helped me to extend the bridge, and really bring out the angst and frustration of the lyrics in the melody. Lyrically, the song compares weeds in the garden to people on earth; both destroying their environments.

 

Press:
Plant your bare feet firmly in the soil as you listen to the new single “Weeds” from Blue Mountain’s singer, songwriter, pianist, and producer, Alana-Lee.
An offbeat, dark, piano and vocal-driven track featuring timpani, “Weeds” creeps into a world where weeds entangle gardens and humans become vines, inhabiting and destroying the earth.
As a hopeful (but self-confessed black thumb) gardener, Alana-Lee wrote “Weeds” after starting an herb garden during the pandemic:
“Weeds had overtaken my herb garden and as I procrastinated about pulling them out, my imagination kicked in; thinking about all the ways weeds both hinder and help the environment. It got me thinking that my own existence has the same effect. My footprint was crushing the soil I was standing on and at the same time, I felt really connected to the earth. It led me to the idea of the earth being destroyed by humans, just as weeds were destroying the garden I’d made.”
Written by Alana-Lee and co-produced with Josh Schuberth, “Weeds” is the third single release from Alana-Lee’s forthcoming EP. The tracks purposeful sense of doomsday, marrying earthy acoustic sounds with gritty, electro-industrial tech, Alana-Lee creates a bed for moody percussive rhythms and melodic hooks.
Alana-Lee supported Sam Buckingham on her ‘Something More’ tour in June 2021.

 

Social Media: Facebook and Instagram are the two platforms I use to promote my music.
Music Industry Improvement: Independent regulation for artists’ fees and royalties, and investigations into sexual/age discrimination…

 

Live Show: Rehearse everything from memory until it feels ‘free’ and ‘easy’ to play. Set up a ‘live performance’ space in the house to prepare, practice, and visualize a successful show. I also generally try to get lots of sleep, drink lots of tea and have a long hot shower so I’m relaxed and grounded.

 

Frequent Release: For me, there’s still something epic about preparing and releasing a whole album. It’s part of the art; developing a theme, setting the right mood, and track listings to create a deep listening experience for the audience. I’d say it’s less viable these days though… particularly for independent artists that are living week to week and can’t afford to financially back a whole album. The algorithms seem to like the single-by-single model and that’s how I’ve been managing my last few releases but I still hope to record an album one day.

 

Favorite Artist – Live Performance: Bjork…

 

Themes: My songs are mostly about adventures in life, love, lust, relationships, and philosophy. I am curious by nature, so they’re often thought-provoking and a reflection of life’s dichotomies. The dark and light side of life…

 

Recording: “Weeds” was coproduced with Josh Schuberth but I started the production in my home studio using a Nord Electro HP3, an Apogee Duet, Logic Pro X, a Rode NT1000 condenser mic, and my upgraded 2012 MacBook pro. I’m an exploratory home producer that doesn’t usually have a preconceived idea of how the production should sound as I’m writing a song. With “Weeds” I concentrated on the song first, and the production second. Once I had a strong sonic direction and most of the tracks down, I outsourced the drum track to Ben Todd who has done some work with Cirque du Soleil. Ben was able to fuse both earthy acoustic drums and percussion with some cutting industrial tech sounds. He’s super inventive so I trust him to experiment and explore. Once he sent me back the stems, I worked a bit more in the home studio then took the track to Josh Schuberth who helped to bring it all together. We really wanted there to be a juxtaposition between pure sounds and electronic/tech sounds which is mainly represented in the bridge section around the two-minute mark. This was our favorite part of working on this song and really gave the track a more edgy sound.

 

Music Career: For me, music is a double-edged sword. I can’t live without it, and it’s hard to make a living from it. As an independent artist you have to be a jack-of-all-trades; a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, photographer, videographer, creative producer, web designer, music business manager, tech-head. There’s so much to do, and limited time and resources to do it. Some days are long, draining, and tedious… spreadsheets, emails, budgets, planning, schedules. Yet, other days you’re playing live, in the studio creating new music, doing fun photoshoots and all of a sudden life is full of elation, fun, and the kind of spiritual journey that fulfills the soul. It’s growth, it’s learning, it’s an outlet for creativity and I wouldn’t want it any other way. You just have to ride the waves and do the best you can.

 

Artist’s Name: My artist’s name is Alana-Lee. It’s my birth name and there’s not much more to it. 🙂

 

Song’s Title: The title of my new track is “Weeds”. It compares weeds in a garden to people on earth.

 

 

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