Track Review: Pages // Alas de Liona
Bringing together the sounds of Phoebe Bridgers and Joni Mitchell, US-born Alas de Liona has the voice of an angel and the poignancy of a poet. Located in the UK, the Californian singer-songwriter has built a name for herself in the Edinburgh area. Reputed for her passionate stage presence, Alas effortlessly ensnares a listener’s senses. Since releasing music in 2020, Alas de Liona received coverage in Edgar Allan Poets, YMX, Indie Gogo, Indie Music Center, Amazing Radio and several other playlists/online radio stations. The latest addition to her discography is ‘Pages’.
Take from Alas’ debut EP Radio Astronomy, ‘Pages’ is an ethereal single with haunting melodies. Inspired by the lullaby ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, Alas’ EP has a soft, soothing and slighting surreal sound to the different tracks. Following her track ‘Cascades’, ‘Pages’ is a cross between Enya and Kate Bush. The acoustic-inspired single fills your eyes with sparkles as the melody slowly carries you along a steady river of sound. Listening to ‘Pages’ is like climbing into a warm, perfumed bath with scented candles.
What I find intriguing about ‘Pages’ is the soulfulness of her surreal siren-like style. Teetering on the cusp of melancholic alt-pop and uplifting synth-pop, Alas showcases a distinct etherealness with great eclecticism. This might sound contrary, but it’s an interesting combination without hurting your ears. I could attempt to describe the tenderness of Alas de Liona’s music, but this is definitely a “feel song” more than a “described song”. I often divide music that can be understood only if you listen to it and “feel” its power – ‘Pages’ is one of these songs.
In addition to her single, Alas de Liona released an official music video for single ‘Pages’. This can be viewed via her YouTube Channel.