ALEJANDRA RIBERA SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “CARRY ME”
ACCLAIMED SONGWRITER’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM, THIS ISLAND, OUT NOW VIA PHEROMONE RECORDINGS
CANADIAN TOUR DATES BEGIN FEBRUARY 23
"This Island is perfect on all points" - Alternative Rock Press ★★★★★
"While Ribera's earlier work seemed written for people to listen to, This Island is going to make the audience move." - Exclaim! 8/10
"This Island is a sonic marvel and Ribera’s most accessible effort to date." - FYI Music
"This Island bathes in a sweetness of nostalgia and a solar optimism that does good to the soul" - Le Droit Review ★★★★
“it has the makings of a timeless classic." CBC Music
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With her sophomore album, This Island, released last week via Pheromone Recordings, Alejandra Ribera is now sharing the video for album track, “Carry Me,” courtesy of Montreal en Lumiere. The video is directed by Kristina Wagenbauer whose short films have showcases at such festivals as Locarno Film Festival, Régard sur le court-métrage in Sagunay, Off-Courts Trouville, and many others. Wagenbauer says of the video, “I wanted to treat it like a short film, to tell an extremely touching modern story with amazing acting and beautiful cinematography." Ribera adds, "I love songs that can tell a big story in a small window of time, so I wanted to make a video that accomplished that same objective. With each passing moment the narrative becomes broader."
This Island continues the exploration of luminescence which began with her debut album, La boca - this time leaving the depths of mythological waters and delving firmly into the experience of the human heart. Ribera will support her new album with a string of tour dates in Canada beginning February 23. Full tour dates can be found below.
Ribera recorded This Island at a studio in rural Ontario where she and the band lived and recorded in the depths of winter. “Thirty-five centimetres of snow fell on our first night,” says Ribera. “I’d often be singing facing the lake which was completely frozen over through the window.” That vast Canadian landscape is audible from the opening track and woven throughout much of the album. Reminiscent of early Damien Rice in its delicate and spacious arrangements we also hear the influence of contemporaries like Rufus Wainwright and Fiona Apple in This Island’s sophisticated melodies.
There’s a timeless approach to the production which Ribera entrusted mixer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow) and engineer L. Stu Young (Prince) to help her achieve. “I wanted to make a record that sounded classic, simple and unencumbered by the production trends of the day. I knew it would take courage to strip everything down and so I needed a very particular team that would push me every step of the way.” Equal parts subtle and nourishing, all these elements were carefully crafted with her long time collaborators and Montreal-based band Jean-Sebastien Williams and Cédric Dind-Lavoie.
ALEJANDRA RIBERA TOUR DATES
Feb 23rd - Quebec City, QC - Théâtre Petit-Champlain
Feb 24th - Jonquières, QC - Côté Cour
Feb 28th - Montreal, QC - Club Soda (MTL en Lumiere)
Mar 4th - Sutton, QC - Salle Alec & Gérald Pelletier
Mar 9th - Sorel-Tracey, QC - Marine Cabaret
Mar 10th - St-Adolphe-d’Howard, QC - L'Ange Vagabond
Mar 15th - Toronto, ON - Trinity St. Paul’s
Mar 16th - London, ON - Aeolian Hall
Mar 17th - Ottawa, ON - NAC Studio
Mar 21st - Berlin, Germany - Grüner Salon
Mar 22nd - Münster, Germany - Schnabulenz
Mar 23rd - Lauenau, German - Clubhaus
Mar 24th - Wawern, Germany - Synagoge
Mar 25th - Freiberg, Germany - Jazzhaus
Mar 26th - Landsberg, Germany - Stadttheater
Mar 28th - Vienna, Austria - Sargfabrik
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