Alessi's Ark

Alessi's Ark

 London, England, GBR
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The musical project of Alessi Laurent - Marke.

Biography

Alessi's Ark is the musical project of Alessi Laurent-Marke who grew up in Hammersmith, London.

As part of the coursework for her music GCSE she had to compose the music and lyrics for a song. She composed the song 'Glendora' (which eventually ended up on her debut album), which her music teacher encouraged her to sing at the school assembly.

Discovering a new passion for writing and performing, she decided to leave school to pursue music at age 16. During this time she quickly gained a following with her demos posted on her MySpace and self-released an EP called Bedroom Bound that she sold through her page (on her independent label Zooey).

To avoid confusion with the music act the Alessi Brothers, her mother suggested calling herself Alessi's Ark.

On the eve of her 17th birthday she signed to Virgin Records, a division of EMI.

Asked who her dream producer would be for her debut album, Laurent-Marke said Mike Mogis, producer of Rilo Kiley and member of Bright Eyes. She met up with him in London after a Bright Eyes show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in early 2008: Alessi travelled to Nebraska to record the album at Mogis' and Conor Oberst's studio in Omaha.

The resulting album, Notes From The Treehouse, was released in May 2009, featuring full band versions of some of the songs from her Bedroom Bound EP. The album also featured many musicians that inspired her to begin making music including Jake Bellows of Neva Dinova and Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes.
Following the release of the album, Alessi's Ark continued to play live around the UK and also played support to a diverse range of artists such as , Robyn Hitchcock, Laura Marling, Mariee Sioux, EmilĂ­ana Torrini, John Grant and Cerys Matthews, as well as playing the Bandstand stage at Neil Young's Hyde Park show in London in June 2009.

Riverside Studios in Hammersmith also played host to an exhibition of her drawings inspired by her songs, called Handmade, which ran from August 20 to September 27 2009.

In February 2010 Alessi's Ark left Virgin and signed with independent label Bella Union.[18] Her first release on Bella Union is an EP called Soul Proprietor which was released on April 5.

Discography

Bedroom Bound EP - 2007
The Horse (Single) - 2009
The Horse EP - 2009
Over the Hill (Single) - 2009
''Friendships'' Thunder Power Split EP - 2009
Notes from the Treehouse LP - 2009
Rough Trade bonus CD - 2009
Soul Proprietor EP - 2010