ALEXANDRIA MAILLOT ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 22 RELEASE OF ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM BENEVOLENCE
ON TOUR THROUGH THE FALL
Toronto, ON – October 24, 2019 – Eagerly-awaiting listeners have been given sneak peeks at Alexandria Maillot’s anticipated sophomore album, with the release of singles, Make It Out, Messed It Up and The Judge. Now, the Vancouver Island-raised musician is thrilled to share the details of Benevolence. Set for release on November 22, the record features seven new songs in Maillot’s captivating “swoon rock” style, along with two bonus tracks on the vinyl edition, including a special acoustic version of Make It Out. Pre-order/save Benevolence here.
Benevolence digs deep; it’s the gut wrench of a heartbreak, the belly drop of a rollercoaster. The album explores the full spectrum of human emotion, over a genre-blending sound that fuses southern rock with old country, all wrapped up in a 90s aesthetic.
"Benevolence is a series of questions and contemplations; the personal narrative of working three jobs to survive in the city, living paycheck to paycheck to fuel a tedious creative career, a depleting immune system and mental state, and the inevitable burn-out that lead to moving into a cabin in my mom's backyard,” Maillot reflects. “It addresses the aftermath of a toxic relationship, it asks how one's actions can create ripple effects in other's lives, and it argues whether a person is selfish for making necessary sacrifices in their search of sustainability."
Today, Maillot also shares the visual for The Judge – the latest track to drop from Benevolence. The Judge continues on from Maillot’s previously released music video for Messed It Up, following many of the same characters and stories. Directed by Sterling Larose, the videos play with the main theme of fate and morality – toying with the ideas of whether our decisions are predetermined, or if we have the power to write our own path.
"The music video for The Judge is the second half of a two-part video series, each tackling a different perspective of the same story,” says Maillot. “Our first single and accompanying music video, Messed It Up, focuses on the stages of grief in the immediate aftermath of a failed relationship, with four characters representing different emotional states at play under the surface of our unassuming protagonist. The Judge and its visual counterpart, on the other hand, takes place quite some time after, where the protagonist has reached the acceptance stage of grief. The protagonist is finally able to internalize and address the various emotional states and find control within the chaos."
Maillot’s resume is as colourful as her genre-blending timbre. Her gritted, inflective vocals and lyrical narratives have often drawn comparisons to music heavyweights such as Feist, Stevie Nicks, and Alabama Shakes’, Brittany Howard. Performing since the age of seven, she has already amassed an impressive list credits, including being scouted by David Foster at age 12, working with Randy Bachman, and even being featured on the Oprah Winfrey network. The 2016 release of her debut album, Time, has proven to be a body of work that has merited national radio attention and widespread critical acclaim amongst industry peers and music lovers alike.
Maillot will be on tour across Canada this fall, kicking off with a stop in Halifax tomorrow for Halifax Pop Explosion, before hitting the road with Louise Burns in November. Full dates can be found below – don’t miss experiencing Benevolence live!
- I Never Liked Your Friends
- Messed It Up
- Lose My Mind
- Make It Out
- Someone To Keep You Warm
- The Judge
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
October 25 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Pop Explosion
November 3 – Calgary, AB – Broken City *
November 4 – Edmonton, AB – 99 Ten *
November 9 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar *
November 13 – Ottawa, ON – Live On Elgin *
November 14 – Toronto, ON – The Baby G *
November 15 – Montreal, QC – Brasserie Beaubien *