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Alice Boman and Perfume Genius Share “Feels Like a Dream” – New Album “The Space Between” due 21st October 2022 via Play It Again Sam

August 23, 2022
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Alice Boman

Shares new single, “Feels Like A Dream” ft. Perfume Genius

New album, The Space Between due 21st October 2022 via Play It Again Sam

UK headline tour in December

Swedish songwriter Alice Boman has today released “Feels Like A Dream, her romantic new single featuring guest vocals from Perfume Genius.

Feels Like A Dream” follows previous tracks “Maybe” and “Night and Day”, all taken from her forthcoming new LP The Space Between due 21st October via Play It Again Sam.

Imbued with an enveloping warmth which radiates from Boman’s gossamer-light vocals, The Space Between ruminates on intimacy and existential angst, her quiet contemplations cocooned in sympathetic arrangements created in collaboration with producer Patrik Berger (Robyn, Lana Del Rey).

The track originated from a few Instagram DMs and arrives alongside a video by Boman and her longtime collaboratorJeanne Lula Chauveau.

What a remarkable collaboration, showcasing the power of both artists in this truly expressive piece. The dreamy, illustrious atmosphere that is built on such few tones which resonate and repeat and buoyantly capture this tender and warming ambiance. The ambiance begins to shift, to grow, to stir with the power of the dual-vocal harmonies.

The lyrics pen such intimacy, a raw release that Alice and Perfume Genius collaborate to affectionately contribute to the lasting influence. At just shy of 3 minutes, the musicians whisk the audience and their attention to the center of this dreamy ensemble, the lasting loops intensify the hypnotic qualities of this release as the volatile vocal harmonies collide at the cathartic end verse and distinguish the truly immersive and harrowing journey that fits the song title, dreamy through and through. The single captures this form of stillness and peace and these attributes elevate the listener.

Speaking of the track Alice says, “In the past I’ve written a lot of songs about disappointments, heartbreaks and the longing for love. Being in love – I thought it would be so hard to write songs about that. Not wanting to sound too cheesy. But love can be cheesy. And this song is about how it sometimes feels like a dream to be with that someone. Especially when you’ve been wondering if you’d ever find love.”

On working with Perfume Genius she says, “Me and Mike have been writing to each other on Instagram here and there. Once we talked about maybe doing a cover of a mutual favourite song – Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Storms.’”

“When I talked to Mike about doing something together for the album I was working on, and sent him a few demos, he chose ‘Feels Like A Dream.’ I think it works beautifully as a duet – us representing and singing from the two sides of a relationship.”

“I have listened to Perfume Genius for a long time and love his voice and sound and I’m thrilled that he wanted to be a part of this.”

Reflecting on Alice’s music Perfume genius also said, “I have been listening to Alice for a long time and her music has been a particular comfort to me over the last couple of years. There is sadness and longing in her songs but always in tandem with a singular warmth and generosity.”

Alice has also expanded her fall tour with more European dates and will return to the U.K. this December, with headline dates including London’s The Lexington. Tickets are on-sale now HERE.

Wednesday 23rd November – Katalin, Uppsala, SE
Thursday 24th November – Pustervik, Göteborg, SE
Friday 25th November – Krøsset, Oslo, NO
Saturday 26th November – Södra Teatern, Stockholm, SE
Wednesday 7th December – The Lexington, London
Thursday 8th December – Gullivers, Manchester
Saturday 10th December – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Sunday 11th December – Crofters Rights, Bristol

Saturday 11th February ’23 – Lille Vega, Copenhagen, DK
Sunday 12th February ’23 – Nachtasyl, Hamburg, DE
Monday 13th February ’23 – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, DE
Thursday 16th February ’23 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen, CH
Saturday 18th February ’23 – Trix, Antwerp, BE
Sunday 19th February ’23 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL

Alice Boman has been thinking about space a lot lately. The silence between sounds, the unspoken bonds between humans, the enormity of the universe and her place within it. “Writing is still a way for me to understand myself,” Boman explains. “As an overthinker, there’s this constant motion in my head, so it helps to sit down and write about it to actually understand what I feel or think. Or just to find stillness.”

You can follow these mini epiphanies on The Space Between, the Swedish singer-songwriter’s stunning new album. Ruminating on intimacy and existential angst, to listen is to hear Boman’s thoughts unfurl in real time, her quiet contemplations cocooned in sympathetic arrangements created in collaboration with producer Patrik Berger (Robyn, Lana Del Rey).

Berger also produced her 2020 debut album, Dream On, which received widespread praise for its immersive yet startlingly-intimate soundscapes. And yet, for all the acclaim, its ascent was ultimately impeded when the world shut down that March. “When COVID came, I had to cancel everything,” Boman recalls. “And while I know some people used that time to go straight into writing, I just couldn’t find any inspiration.”

By the fall of 2021 Boman had rallied, and that winter she and Berger started looking at song structures, recording a jamming session with drummer Nils Törnqvist. It proved such a productive experience they abandoned their initial plan to undertake a detailed pre-production, and instead booked a week at Berger’s studio in Stockholm, working intensively, with Boman even booking a chakra healing session, and a hotel next to the studio so she could remain in the creative sphere without having to break her flow.  “It was such a playful process”, she recalls. “Me and Patrik played together on separate synths on a lot of the songs — just improvising and trying out stuff. I think you can really feel that in the production.

Though more pared back than originally planned, The Space Between still sees Boman working with a broader palette than that of Dream On. Imbued with an enveloping warmth which radiates from Boman’s gossamer-light vocals, arrangements are lightly embellished with shimmering guitar (‘Space’), accordion (‘Night and Day’), twinkling, music box effects (‘On and On’) and muted brass, low in the mix (‘Soon’). For ‘Feels Like A Dream’ additional vocals were provided by Perfume Genius, a collaboration that came about via Instagram and was recorded at a distance.

I have been a fan of his for a long time,” Boman explains. “I love his voice – it’s so special. Initially I wanted us to harmonise with each other but I love how the song turned out, with us each having our separate verses, and singing together at the end.”

With vocals left largely unadorned throughout, the focus falls squarely on Boman’s lyrics, which were written from the deeply personal perspective of someone settled within a relationship, and learning to be vulnerable with their partner.

The album is very much a journey, charting Boman’s progress from fear (‘Honey’, ‘Maybe’) to the “place of tenderness” she ultimately arrives at on ‘Space’, the album’s exquisite closing track. It’s a journey she hopes listeners will share in, finding comfort in community. Because as Boman knows all too well, when life gets too much, there’s always music.

Boman’s music has featured in smash Amazon series Transparent, HBO’s Wanderlust, and Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.

The Space Between Album Preorder:
 https://aliceboman.ffm.to/the-space-between

Tracklist:
Honey
Feels Like A Dream (feat. Perfume Genius)
Maybe
What Happens To The Heart
Night And Day
Soon
In Circles
Where To Put The Pain
On And On
Space

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