4 years after releasing her second studio album, “Awake,” Alison Wonderland has returned along with her newest venture—”Loner.” The album is comprised of twelve songs, every revealing a brand new facet of Wonderland not but revealed to the general public. We sat down with the multi-talented musician to uncover her course of for writing the album, the most important themes of the venture and the way it compares to her earlier works.
What was your course of making your third studio album “Loner?”
I used to be scripting this album and, on the very begin, I listened to my final couple of albums and I’d by no means accomplished that earlier than. I used to be like, “Why are you at all times the sufferer? Why does this at all times occur to you?” Then I noticed the widespread denominator was me, how I used to be reacting to conditions and the way I felt about myself. I needed to take an extended, arduous look within the mirror—which was embarrassing and tough. I made plenty of adjustments to myself, slightly than attempting to alter every thing round me.
What are among the themes on this album?
I liked enjoying with concepts of polarity all through this album. Excessive gentle is identical as excessive darkish and excessive warmth is identical as excessive chilly. I actually really feel being at your excessive all-time low means that you can carry out your finest self, and that’s what I wrote about. I wrote about figuring out I’ll get by way of this and I’m going to return out successful. As a result of if I stored going the best way I used to be, I wouldn’t be capable to get to the place I wished to be in life.
How does this album evaluate to your earlier work?
In my single “Church,” I speak about how I must be handled, however I don’t assume I’d accomplished the complete psychological work to actually evolve. There was nonetheless a little bit of aftershock from the trauma I’d been by way of earlier, which I began really coping with earlier than I began writing “Loner.” Now I really feel like an enormous weight has been lifted from me and the following time one thing occurs, a minimum of I’ll be slightly extra geared up.
Does this album inform a narrative?
Once I hear to every of my albums, I can let you know precisely what I used to be going by way of, who I used to be round, what meals I used to be consuming, what the climate was like—I might let you know every thing. The majority of the album, bar perhaps two songs I wrote earlier, had been songs I wrote in a brief time period, one proper after one other. I’m at all times telling a narrative with my albums and a part of the rationale I do albums is for me. Placing collectively random songs that don’t seize the essence of a second looks like a Spotify playlist. And once I DJ, I additionally attempt to inform a narrative in my set with the temper and the power.
What is the story behind the title observe?
That tune is an open letter to my all-time low. I nonetheless even have a really tough time speaking about that particular tune and I can’t hearken to it. It began off as a poem and I’d learn it to a few associates who weren’t emotional sorts—however even they shed a tear. I knew the phrases and the spirit behind them had been very highly effective. I wished to inform myself that it was OK to be susceptible and it was OK to cry about this, even while you’re attempting to be so robust.