Alice Hubble 'Polarlichter'
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Catalogue No. Bot17
Released on 13 September 2019
LP / CD / Digital
Distribution by Cargo Records
Happy Robots Records
Tel +44(0) 7775 670992
Happy Robots are thrilled to release ‘Polarlichter’ the debut album by Alice Hubble
For fans of: Tangerine Dream, Jane Weaver, Goldfrapp, Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram
"A tale of control and power, set to a perfect pop-song; as introductions go, Goddess is a hugely impressive one"
For the Rabbits 'Goddess' Premiere
"Tender and insightful and awash with old school synths and a beautiful voice." Steve Lamacq
(Steve Lamacq's Track of the year 2019, so far)
Alice Hubble is the project of Alice Hubley and the product of one lady locked at home with her vast collection of synthesisers.
The album 'Polarlichter' was born out of a desire to work on a project without constraints, to move away from the traditional song writing process and to experiment with the form. Inspired by the 70’s recordings by Tangerine Dream, Ashra and even Mike Oldfield, Alice wanted to take a more delicate approach; a distinctly feminine take on often pompous 70’s progressive synth sound. Other inspirations include Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Lee Hazlewood’s Swedish recordings and 80’s American synth pop band The Book of Love.
Constructing and sketching many of its riffs on her iPad during monotonous train journeys throughout the country. Alice built up her fragmentary ideas using vintage synthesisers and a mellotron creating something majestic, and sweeping. The album offers a soundscape of pastoral solace, far removed the urban sprawl in which it was conceived.
As a form of musical escapism, many of the recordings are inspired by far off places; Ruby Falls in Chatanooga, USA, Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies and the Atlantis Palm hotel in Dubai. Other inspiration was drawn by interpersonal interactions and Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End.
‘Polarlichter’ was recorded using her vast array of analogue synthesisers at Alice’s home in north London. The recordings were completed and mixed at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate (whose clients include Metronomy, Stealing Sheep, Girl Ray) and co-produced by Mikey Collins (Allo Darlin), who contributed drums and guitar to the recordings.
Having recently supported Damo Suzuki, Darren Hayman and Pram, Alice is touring in support of its release including a debut London headline show for Parallel Lines at Servant Jazz Quarters.
Radio: BBC6 Music (>20 plays) Steve Lamacq's 'Lamacq Livener', Track of the Year so far and interview,
plus plays from Lauren Lavern & Gideon Coe. Listed in Electronic Sound's Albums Of The Year
16 February, The Lexington, London Damo Suzuki with backing band the Alice Hubble Experience
12 April, Wales Goes Pop, The Gate, Cardiff
2 May, Psyched Fest, Southsea
30 May, Wharf Chambers, Leeds (Headlining with Western Edges and Andrew DR)