ALICE IVY SHARES HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM DON’T SLEEP VIA LAST GANG RECORDS
LISTEN TO DON’T SLEEP WITH FEATURES FROM CADENCE WEAPON AND DIJAH SB
INCLUDING LATEST SINGLE
TICKET TO HEAVEN FT. THELMA PLUM
WATCH ALICE IVY’S LIVE INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCE
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"Alice Ivy has evolved into one of the country’s strongest and most
arresting producers" - NME Australia
"The Melbourne artist delivers funky thrills" - Clash Magazine
"Alice Ivy knows how to get the best out of her collaborators" - triple j
"Glorious new sunshine soul anthem" - Gorilla Vs Bear
"At a time when positivity is much needed, Alice Ivy delivers with Don’t Sleep”
- Riff Magazine
Toronto, ON – July, 17 2020 – Today Alice Ivy releases her highly-anticipated second studio album, Don't Sleep via Last Gang Recrords. The record includes recent singles, In My Mind feat. Ecca Vandal, Sunrise feat. Cadence Weapon, and more recently the album's title track Don't Sleep featuring Imbi and BOI, and Better Man feat. Benjamin Joseph (SAFIA). Stream the full album here.
Written predominantly on the road, where pool houses and kitchen tables were made into impromptu studios, in making Don't Sleep, Ivy strove to write music that could soundtrack both feelings of pure elation and move listeners emotionally. Challenging herself to experiment with new songwriting methods, explore the rawness of sound and collaborate with a broader range of voices, the result is a colourful journey made all the more vibrant and tender with tales woven from some of Australia's most established and exciting upcoming voices.
Of the record, Alice Ivy shares, "Don't Sleep is a body of work that features an abundance of voices that need to be heard and are generally not heard from enough. Some of those voices belong to women, some are non-binary, some are people of colour and some identify as First Nations people, some are members of the LGBTQI+ community and all of them have important stories to tell. It’s been a privilege to create a platform where all of these voices can be heard through the medium of my music."
Platforming new artists and helping new voices to break-through to the mainstream goes beyond just taste-making for Alice Ivy, whose refined curatorial skills are on full display across Don't Sleep. Through her choice of collaborators, Ivy is working to diversify the sound and look of the traditionally male-dominated studio space. This cause moves forward again through her second LP where Ivy is equally adept at uncovering new dimensions to those thought to be well established, household names such as Montaigne and Bertie Blackman on Sweetest Love, and Ngaiire on All For You, as she is seeking out and breaking new ones including Thelma Plum on Ticket To Heaven, Odette on I'll Find It, and more across thirteen tracks.
Reflecting on Ticket To Heaven, Alice Ivy reveals: "Ticket To Heaven is a very special song. I’d rented out an Air BnB in Sydney and set up a little makeshift studio in the living room. Although we have mutual friends, Thelma and I had never actually met prior to this session, so I was genuinely really nervous because I’m such a big fan of hers! Thankfully, we clicked! "Ticket To Heaven" is about bereavement, in part relating to the sudden loss of a close friend of Thelma’s and someone who was much-loved within the Australian music community. I can't think of a better way to honour someone's memory than this utterly beautiful song. When I was tracking Thelma's vocals I was almost tearing up due to the raw emotion in her voice."
Thelma Plum shares, "Alice and I worked on this song shortly after the loss of a close friend, a musician I’d shared many stages with. I hope we’ve done his memory justice.”
In the years between the release of Ivy's Australian Music Prize nominated 2018 debut, I'm Dreaming, the curator has grown into one of Australian electronica's most prominent advocates for female producers, putting her instep with tireless voices such as Grimes, Alison Wonderland and beyond. Now with the release of Don't Sleep, with all four singles added to high rotation on triple j, and the title track the #1 most played song on the station in April, Alice Ivy's position alongside respected contemporaries Mark Ronson, Jamie xx and KAYTRANADA is solidified, and her status as a revered collaborator confirmed.
ALICE IVY TOUR DATES
September 17 - Enmore Theatre - Sydney
September 18 - Bar On The Hill - Newcastle
September 19 - Winter Wine Festival - Gerringong, NSW
September 30 - Canberra Theatre - Canberra
October 8 - Fortitude Music Hall - Brisbane
October 9 - Moncrieff Entertainment Centre - Bundaberg
October 10 - Highfields Tavern - Toowoomba
October 15 - Forum - Melbourne
October 16 - Torquay Hotel - Torquay
October 17 - Wine Machine - Perth
October 24 - Splendour In The Grass - Byron Bay
October 30 - Gap View Hotel - Alice Springs
November 13 - The Gov - Adelaide
November 18 - Great Western - Rockhampton
November 19 - Seabreeze - Mackay
November 20 - Otherwise - Townsville
November 21 - Tanks Arts Centre - Cairns
November 25 - Riverlinks Westside - Shepparton
November 26 - Ulumbarra Theatre - Bendigo
November 27 - Beer Deluxe - Albury
December 3 - Altar - Hobart
December 4 - Altar - Hobart
December 5 - Saloon Bar - Launceston
December 6 - Forth Pub - Forth