Photography by Jono White
“And people always change...“ sings Alice alias Al Costelloe into the vividly colored phone. And the London born musician and songwriter knows what she is talking about. At 17 she signed her first record deal as half of shoegaze two-piece ‘Big Deal’. The second half was her love. And the list of successes in the following years is long: 3 released albums (which later can be seen like her love story in three acts), several singles playlisted at BBC 6 music, a soundtrack for a blockbuster movie, years of international touring, supporting the likes of Depeche Mode and The Vaccines and appearing at festivals such as SXSW and many more.
But as so often in life, things change. And so do people. The relationship broke up and so did the story of ‘Big Deal’. Now a new chapter has opened in Alice’s life and she has used the last two difficult years of lockdowns and restrictions for creating her very own personal music. Her new song California deals with saying goodbye to a problematic relationship and the places that were meaningful to it. A song that is melancholic and sweet at the same time, nostalgic and utterly charming.
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