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Alaska Blue: Lastest single ‘Venice’

Alaska Blue Venice

Venice, the single that anticipates Alaska Blue’s finest EP “Salinity”. ‘Salinity’ is the latest musical release from the indie-pop project Alaska Blue. It’s a 4-song EP with an acoustic sound, featuring summery vibes that, thanks to the warm and elegant vocals, acquire a touch of soul. Similar to their previous album release, ‘Under the Weather,’ the songs featured in ‘Salinity’ were also recorded and produced in a home studio.

The lyrics, which in some way address the clash with social norms and dogmas. Sometimes generating inner conflicts in the protagonists and at other times a serene self-awareness, are always set in maritime contexts, as suggested by the titles. Beaches, palm trees, and boats form the backdrop. Musically, the common element among the 4 songs is the ample use of classical guitars and shakers.

Venice’ is the most structured track of the entire EP and also the lead single. The song tells the story of three situations: encountering someone, falling in love, and eventually getting lost. Each of these situations is set in a different city, first Venice, then Rome, and finally Milan.

These situations lead the protagonist to reflect on three essential feelings for him:

  1. Sadness, like a cold wind, social barriers, and the future of new generations.
  2. Love, like a buried fresco that needs to be excavated and cleaned from modern layers to appreciate its true beauty.
  3. Hope, an eastern fragrance, but an inner void like a black hole that sucks in light and brings forth fears, questioning destiny.

This is the song where the arrangement is most polished. The sounds are simple, in line with the concept of the EP, but there has been particular attention given to the writing of vocal harmonies and choruses. The song was mostly recorded live. It opens with the combination of acoustic guitar and vocals. Shortly after, drums and bass come in, creating some tension and guiding the listener to the chorus where electric guitar overdubs, pronounced reverb, and choruses create a sense of release. The final chorus explodes into a vocal solo.

Credits:

  • Written by Alaska Blue
  • Produced by: Alaska Blue
  • Lyrics, vocal, guitars, keys – Alaska Blue Bass – Gabriele Valsecchi
  • Drums – Marcello Norrito
  • Mixed by: Alaska Blue

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