10 Songs, 37 Minutes

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.

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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