Sasha Bell releases her new album Love Is Alright today. Taken from the record we are debuting her video for ‘Castle Keep’ ‘ a lilting song that ripples with subtle textures and knowing wistful vocals that reflect on relationship struggles as the dark evenings draw in. ‘Castle Keep wishes a young minstrel well as he leaves his girlfriend’s Brooklyn apartment with nothing but a bag of VHS tapes and sets out to make a living as a musician.’Watch it below.
Sasha Bell has been involved with a handful of projects that have released some of the finest 60s-inspired pop records of the last two decades. Whether with the Ladybug Transistor, The Essex Green, or The Sixth Great Lake, she adds a special touch to her music that is dreamy, lush, and pastoral. Now, for the first time in her storied career, she’s stepping out under her own name, releasing her first-ever solo debut album, Love Is Alright, out November, 9th 2019.
Yet Bell’s influential reference points for Love Is Alright are a bit different. Whereas her bands have generally focused on a more baroque pop element-par for the course considering they’ve long been a part of the Elephant 6 collective-the sounds found here touch upon 1970s fare. Vocally recalling Judee Sill or Melanie Safka, while the arrangements occasionally recall the work of Melissa Manchester, Carly Simon, and even the occasional nod to ABBA. Written over the past several years and recorded in San Francisco at The Studio Time Forgot and at Jason Quever’s (The Papercuts) studio, it’s an album full of sophisticated arrangements that is quite easy on the ears.
Love Is Alright is a journey through time, small moments writ large.