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Alae - Single Review: Lucy

29 Jun 2020 // A review by Madeleine Howard

Following on from the success of their previous single Summer Thing, Indie Pop four piece Alae are back with Lucy, an infectious, groove-tinged pop tune that’s sure to get listeners through the dreary winter.

Lucy is the work of vocalist Alex Farrell-Davey and Dunedin musician Max Gunn (formerly of The Shambles) The pair met at an Auckland Song Hubs session in 2019. "Our styles and direction meshed way better than we could have ever thought..." Alex says. "He's responsible for the beautiful keys and sassy harmonies you hear in the track..."

Alex’s gravely yet smooth vocals ease the listener in and make way for a bright and infectious chorus. A cheeky homage to The Beatles, the chorus is filled with Alex’s soaring falsetto - “Lucy’s in the sky, she don’t need no diamonds.” Highlights for me include the bridge, with beautiful rich harmonies that build into the final chorus, which in turn is filled with a whirlwind of harmonies that support Alex's vocals perfectly. Undeniably catchy, Lucy is sure to be cemented in listeners heads before too long.

The single is accompanied by an eye-catching, colourful music video created by Auckland based visual artist Mardo El-Noor. Reminiscent of the Pop-Art style, the video is trippy and captures the essence of Lucy perfectly. I recommend watching to get the full Lucy experience that the band has intended.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Alae

Alae. It’s a word that means nothing to you at the moment, and that’s a good thing. But that will change.

They’re a fresh, Kiwi duo with a unique sound that needs to be experienced to be understood. alae is what you get when you mix Alex Farrell-Davey and Allister Meffan; two old high school mates who are talented musicians in their own right, but when they come together, it’s something else entirely.

Alae aren’t the status quo, they’re not sugar-coated or created in a lab - they got together because, for them, jamming together just feels right. And you'll feel that in everything you hear.

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Releases

Lucy's Mixtape
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Henry St
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Alae EP
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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