Due 21st October 2022 via Play It Again Sam and featuring guest appearance from Perfume Genius
Shares new single, "Night And Day" - watch the video here
UK headline tour announced for December
Second album from acclaimed Swedish songwriter, ft. Perfume Genius. Blending ambient, dream-pop and folk... FFO Aldous Harding, Angel Olsen and Sufjan Stevens Album: The Space Between Label: Play It Again Sam Release: 21/10/22
Swedish songwriter Alice Boman today announces her new album, The Space Between, due 21st October on Play It Again Sam (preorder here). Imbued with an enveloping warmth which radiates from Boman’s gossamer-light vocals, The Space Between ruminates on intimacy and existential angst, her quiet contemplations cocooned in sympathetic arrangements created in collaboration with producer Patrik Berger (Robyn, Lana Del Rey) plus a guest appearance from Perfume Genius. Along with the announcement, Boman unveils new single "Night And Day", with accompanying video by director Jeanne Lula Chauveau. "To me — this is one of the most direct songs on the album. It is special to me,” Boman confides. "I am singing about the beginning of a relationship. About the moment when you are able to let go of the resistance (there due to experiences in the past) and give in to love completely. And to then be present and totally immersed in this other person and in the desire to be together.”
Alice Boman - Night And Day https://youtu.be/_lAhgA-Asrw
Listen on streaming services: https://aliceboman.ffm.to/night-and-day
Video director Jeanne Lula Chauveau adds, "To me, the song represented the moment of connection between two people, the one that freezes time. When regardless of the importance of what is going on outside the relationship and its space, it is the present moment that takes precedence and must be lived at all costs.
"Based on this idea, I thought of the music video in a split screen that are showing different point of views of the same moment. Some of them featuring Alice, as the narrator and observer of a loving memory, some others represent the moment in question, interpreted by two dancers. The background turns from black to white (night and day) as if they had spent days loving each other in that same space, without any notion of time passing."
Alice will also return to the UK this December, with headline dates including London's The Lexington. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 9am: https://www.aliceboman.com/tourdates
Wednesday 7th December - The Lexington, London
Thursday 8th December - Gullivers, Manchester
Saturday 10th December - Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Sunday 11th December - Crofters Rights, Bristol
Alice Boman has been thinking about space a lot lately. The silence between sounds, the unspoken bonds between humans, the enormity of the universe and her place within it. “Writing is still a way for me to understand myself,” Boman explains. “As an overthinker, there’s this constant motion in my head, so it helps to sit down and write about it to actually understand what I feel or think. Or just to find stillness.”
You can follow these mini epiphanies on The Space Between, the Swedish singer-songwriter’s stunning new album. Ruminating on intimacy and existential angst, to listen is to hear Boman’s thoughts unfurl in real time, her quiet contemplations cocooned in sympathetic arrangements created in collaboration with producer Patrik Berger (Robyn, Lana Del Rey).
Berger also produced her 2020 debut album, Dream On, which received widespread praise for its immersive yet startlingly-intimate soundscapes. And yet, for all the acclaim, its ascent was ultimately impeded when the world shut down that March. “When COVID came, I had to cancel everything,” Boman recalls. “And while I know some people used that time to go straight into writing, I just couldn’t find any inspiration.”
By the fall of 2021 Boman had rallied, and that winter she and Berger started looking at song structures, recording a jamming session with drummer Nils Törnqvist. It proved such a productive experience they abandoned their initial plan to undertake a detailed pre-production, and instead booked a week at Berger’s studio in Stockholm, working intensively, with Boman even booking a chakra healing session, and a hotel next to the studio so she could remain in the creative sphere without having to break her flow. "It was such a playful process", she recalls. "Me and Patrik played together on separate synths on a lot of the songs — just improvising and trying out stuff. I think you can really feel that in the production.”
Though more pared back than originally planned, The Space Between still sees Boman working with a broader palette than that of Dream On. Imbued with an enveloping warmth which radiates from Boman’s gossamer-light vocals, arrangements are lightly embellished with shimmering guitar (‘Space’), accordion (‘Night and Day’), twinkling, music box effects (‘On and On’) and muted brass, low in the mix (‘Soon’). For ‘Feels Like A Dream’ additional vocals were provided by Perfume Genius, a collaboration that came about via Instagram and was recorded at a distance.
“I have been a fan of his for a long time,” Boman explains. “I love his voice - it's so special. Initially I wanted us to harmonise with each other but I love how the song turned out, with us each having our separate verses, and singing together at the end.”
With vocals left largely unadorned throughout, the focus falls squarely on Boman’s lyrics, which were written from the deeply personal perspective of someone settled within a relationship, and learning to be vulnerable with their partner.
The album is very much a journey, charting Boman’s progress from fear (‘Honey’, ‘Maybe’) to the “place of tenderness” she ultimately arrives at on ‘Space’, the album’s exquisite closing track. It’s a journey she hopes listeners will share in, finding comfort in community. Because as Boman knows all too well, when life gets too much, there’s always music.
Boman’s music has featured in smash Amazon series Transparent, HBO’s Wanderlust, and Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.
Praise for Alice Boman:
"Swedish songwriter Alice Boman is a ghostly, whispered presence... which starts as an elegy and ends with solace" - The New York Times "Recalls the delicate intimacy of Perfume Genius" - The Guardian "After a whirlwind ascent, Boman returned last month with the release of her striking new single and visual ’Dreams’…” - Billboard “A subtle, nuanced balance between enthralling dream pop and stark confessional” - Clash “Sublime, heartbreaking” - Gorilla Vs Bear "Mixes ethereal folk twinges with unabashed pop glory" - The Line Of Best Fit
The Space Between Album Preorder: https://aliceboman.ffm.to/the-space-betwee