Alessi & Charlotte Carpenter
Alessi's Ark ex-front woman + Altar Hanglands

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High & Lonesome is proud to present... Alessi Laurent-Marke & Charlotte Carpenter + special guest Altar Hanglands 7.30pm - Tuesday 4th April Tickets in Crash Records, Jumbo Records & via More info... ALESSI “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 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 her new album to be released later this 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 my last label 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 UK 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 is available to download through iTunes, Spotify and as an extremely limited 8" lathe cut vinyl, manufactured for Super Fan 99 in Tuscon Arizona. Alessi CHARLOTTE CARPENTER “eerie perfection” - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND “a distinctly different kind of singer/songwriter sound, and one that makes for an enthralling listen.” - LINE OF BEST FIT “Charlotte Carpenter is a storyteller, a young artist capable of applying an enormous impact.” - CLASH “sliding guitar licks, percussive thumps and Carpenter’s own fiery, soulful vocals.” - NME “wonderfully affecting, deeply atmospheric” - GOLD FLAKE PAINT Dubbed “a distinctly different kind of singer/songwriter, and one that makes for an enthralling listen”, by The Line Of Best Fit, Charlotte has seen acclaim from Consequence Of Sound, Clash, NME, Total Guitar, Blues Magazine, Louder Than War, Gold Flake Paint and many more. Having shared stages with the likes of Marika Hackman, George Ezra, Ethan Johns and tipped by Total Guitar as one of their favourite new guitarists to hear in 2016, Charlotte continues to blossom with every release. Following the How Are We Ever To Know EP, five beautifully reflective and intimate songs, she gained the support and attention from Edith Bowman at Virgin Radio and Dermot O’leary on BBC Radio 2. Her brand new single ‘Fire’ released 2nd December 2016 was added to the Virgin Radio evening playlist for 6 weeks running and picked up support from Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6. ‘Fire’ arrived liberated, soulful and explosive, poised to embrace the future. More: