Channelling a bright and organic soul-inspired sound
With her highly-praised debut solo single ‘Prelude’ and follow-up cut ‘Suit Yourself’ introducing her as a fresh and dynamic artist emerging on the scene earlier this year, singer and songwriter Alicia Walter, formally known as the lead singer behind the Chicago-based art-rock outfit Oshwa, continues to ready us for the release of her first solo studio album ‘I Am Alicia’ with the uplifting new offering ‘Standing At Your Doorstep’.
While her previous efforts have seen her explore a more multifaceted and adventurous direction so far, ‘Standing At Your Doorstep’ sees her go back-to-basics with a sheer and effervescent finesse. Channelling a bright and organic soul-inspired sound, her newest release is a fresh and joyous return that not only shows off her vibrant songwriting, but her glittering persona as well. The track is also accompanied by a stunning new video, directed by filmmaker Lisa Schatz and featuring choreography by NYC choreographer Rachel Harris.
Speaking about the new offering, she said, “In the opening verse of “Standing at Your Doorstep,” I belt a timeless lover’s repent: “I’m so-o-o-rry!” I’m returning to the one I love, having realized the error of my straying, and “this time I’m here to stay!” In this case, though, I’m actually singing to myself! I’m seeing that somewhere along the way, I’ve lost myself, and I’ve been living counter to who I really am. Now I’m standing at my own doorstep, recommitting to my true Self and pledging to stick around.”
With an other-worldly force guiding her, Walter self-imposed a deadline for completing what would properly present her as a solo act, taking all elements of production on herself for the first time. From March to October of 2018, the challenge of bringing such an ambitious project to life took her from her new surroundings in NYC to the quiet of the Catskills upstate; the frenetic pulse of storied concert halls like New York’s Village Vanguard and some of the apartments of the 18 musicians she met and collaborated with throughout her recording process. Facing burnout just two weeks before she was to wrap the LP, Walter met producer/mixing engineer Devin Greenwood –and was again reminded the voyage is just as, if not more, important than the destination.
Together, the two re-worked Walter’s version of the completed album for another full year at Greenwood’s Brooklyn studio, The Honey Jar, and finished the journey with album mastering by the highly sought after engineer Heba Kadry (Bjork, Japanese Breakfast, Mars Volta).