South London project ALASKALASKA have shared their new single ‘Growing Up Pains (Unni’s Song)’.
The band emerged from the nexus of projects that float around Brixton Windmill, bringing together post-punk, jazz, and pop-edged elements, while pursuing their own slightly surreal universe.
Debut album ‘The Dots’ followed in 2019, before ALASKALASKA took a step back during the pandemic, focussing on their next step.
Breaking cover, the group have just shared something new, and it’s a tantalising glimpse of where their future could lie. Matching lucid pop elements to daring innovation, ALASKALASKA allow ‘Growing Up Pains (Unni’s Song)’ to become a portal to their own potential.
The band’s Lucinda explains that the song was prompted by a friend’s pregnancy, and the thought processes that came along with it. She explains…
‘Growing Up Pains (Unni’s Song)’ was written in response to my friend and their partner becoming pregnant. Hey Unni! I was thinking about what it means to bring up a kid in today’s world.
‘Look at you now, in a space age…’ refers to our intrinsic need for worldwide connectivity (not necessarily a bad thing, but it comes with its evils) and the awareness of the increasingly worrying climate emergency amongst all the usual rites of passage we go through as we grow up, ‘earthquake… heartbreak… growing up pains.’ ‘I won’t let you down’ is a gentle call to arms, in a way… I still have hope for the future and in people to start stepping up to make things right and good.
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