Title - Goodnight Euphoria
Artist - Alice Austin
For those not in the know, Alice Austin is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who showcases a full spectrum of stylistic leanings on her new album Goodnight Euphoria.
Set for release April 22, 2022, Goodnight Euphoria is a wild ride as described by producer David Drouin and rich with layered instrumentation, this second full-length album from Alice Austin was artfully mixed and mastered by Timothy Phillips at Mercy Sound Studios.
The lyrical content of this collection of songs aims to be easy listening on the surface, with a depth that reaches out to its audience if they are willing to dive deeply into some pretty heavy messages about the love and the laws of physics, haunted guitars, mental illness, suicide, and telepathic communication.
Besides being a melodic guitar-based rock album, Goodnight Euphoria features a diverse collection of performances from Seth Campbell (mellotron and piano), Emily Garcia (violin), and Jon Persson (trumpet).
1. No Such Thing
2. Wooden Mind
3. Goodnight Euphoria
4. Relentless Sunshine
5. Loveless Waste
7. Everything You Touch
9. The Neighborhood
10. Never Occurred To Me
11. The Ward
12. Saving My Tears
With many fans knowing Alice Austin as the lead singer of Black Sabbitch - a band with exactly one musical influence but a complex creative agenda: to embody the authenticity of formative 1970s metal, making blatant itís latent feminine swagger by crowning themselves the all-female Black Sabbath - her enigmatic solo album opens on the retro-alternative vibe of No Such Thing and the languishing Wooden Mind and those are seamlessly backed up by the countrified twang of the title track Goodnight Euphoria, the quietly lush orchestrations within Relentless Sunshine and then we get the upbeat, free flowing rhythms of Loveless Waste.
This vibrantly heartfelt, open and honestly-crafted sophomore solo album continues onward with the trembling balladry of Oxygen and the top down, summers drive appeal of Everything You Touch, which are in turn followed by one of my own personal favorites from the album, the acoustic guitar-led, harmoniously created Jellyfish, then comes the surfís up flow within The Neighborhood, the impassioned Never Occurred To Me, the album rounding out on the spaghetti western-imbibed The Ward, coming to a close on the aching piano balladry of Saving My Tears.
Born in Vermont and currently living in Los Angeles, Alice Austin has written and performed hundreds of songs throughout her musical life. In addition to her solo career, she fronts the aforementioned Black Sabbitch, the Ozzy-endorsed all female Black Sabbath. She was also a founding member and songwriter of Vermontís all female pop punk band Zola Turn in the early 2000ís, and later Queen Tangerine and Bostonís The Lavas.
To create her second full-length solo album, Alice Austin reached back to her New England roots and combined forces with Boston producer and musician David Drouin, who also plays guitar, bass, and sings backing vocals on the release.
The inspiration for Goodnight Euphoria came about after Austin sang backing vocals on Drouinís production of the Cold Engines single One of Us Now, and the collaboration was so natural that Austin asked him to record a single with her.
The Ward was their first completed song that set off an unstoppable momentum leading to 11 other tracks all written, produced, and recorded remotely within the next few months.
As Alice was on tour with Black Sabbitch, she was also composing, writing lyrics, and listening to mixes of Goodnight Euphoria tracks.
Alice Austinís music career has taken her from her native Vermont to her adoptive Los Angeles - and nearly every place in between. Material she recorded and co-wrote with previous groups such as Boston incarnation The Lavas (2006-2009) and Vermontís earliest all-female 90s powerhouse Zola Turn (Brick Red Records, 2000-2002) draws on a vast corpus including retro garage icons such as Shocking Blue and Jefferson Airplane, a peppering of 90s indie rock artist PJ Harvey, and the twangy delights of vintage country queen Wanda Jackson.
Her solo work also embraces these influences as she moves from country to indie to rock and back again on her self-produced and self-engineered debut album To A Star in the Yard, followed by her Left One in the Rain EP produced by Patrick Avalon, her singles Cowboy Summer and Dirt and Helicopters (both produced by Robb Torres), and her two most recent self-produced singles Cirrus and Lookout Mountain.
Alice Austin - No Such Thing [Official Video]
Alice Austin - The Ward [Official Video]
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