Editors’ Notes Alice Phoebe Lou's refusal to conform to pop industry norms has led to Paper Castles, an honest collection of songwriting that mixes jazz, blues and indie-folk elements. She tackles tricky subject matter with grace and honesty: she calls out an attempted assault on “Skin Crawl” as acoustic guitars and strings swell around her, and describes a tumultuous romance as an “Ocean”. Throughout, she sings in a piercing voice full of strength and vibrato about how ill-conceived and fragile the forts we build around us really are, and breaks them down in favour of raw, unadorned truth.

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Little Spark
1
2:52
 
Nostalgia
2
3:17
 
Galaxies
3
5:08
 
Paper Castles
4
3:54
 
Fynbos
5
3:31
 
Something Holy
6
4:46
 
Skin Crawl
7
2:18
 
My Outside
8
3:09
 
New Song
9
4:15
 
Ocean
10
4:15
 

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