Multi-instrumentalist Aleesha Dibbs (Dive Bell, Prudence, Lorelei, Double Vision, Mvlholland, Lisa Mitchell, Angus, and Julia Stone) debuts a new solo effort, a soundtrack of the process of transformation and self-actualisation: Paradise Lost. This album challenges the expectation that change and growth are supposed to feel good. The first single from this album is the ethereal, haunting “Battalion”. Dibbs’ vocals hover in a lovely fog over a lush sonic landscape, a march toward spiritual expansion over the hills of a bloody battlefield. It brings to mind the intensity of Siouxsie with the haunting vocals of Sinéad O’Connor and Elizabeth Fraser – power in the voice, despite immense obstacles to overcome.
“We make difficult decisions in desperate circumstances, and stride forward with an expectation that small celebrations of hope and agency will hold our hands and carry the weight of the phantom limbs that never leave us,” she says.
Listen to “Battalion” below:
Produced and engineered by Tom Crandles (DMA’s, Prudence, AURA) and mixed by Kim Moyes (The Presets), Paradise Lost eschews ‘honey traps’ brought forth by the algorithm, choosing shadow work instead by directly confronting the demons that cling to us.
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