"The #1 Edmonton album of 2012...a near-perfect collection. Her music is inescapably complex, bittersweet and catchy at the same time, with just enough experimentation to enrapture the listener." - GigCity
It may have taken close to two years for Alice Kos to finish her debut album You Missed It All, but this certainly wasnt due to idleness or want for inspiration.
The 29-year-old, Edmonton-born singer-songwriter packed a lot of experiences into that time, including a four-month volunteer shift in Africa and the end of a five-year marriage to her high school sweetheart. Such events cant help but mark a person. If her initial forays into songwriting showed promise, the batch that tumbled out during her life upheaval were kinetic with passion; because of this, You Missed It All is an elegiac debut that is suffused with regret, anger and tenderness.
Albums dont just happen in a vacuum, however; Koss musical partner from the beginning has been Everett LaRoi (Idyl Tea, manraygun), her guitar teacher since 2007. The friendship that developed led to Kos showing her earliest songs to LaRoi. Eventually the two assembled a band of veterans (Tom Murray, bass; Mike Silverman, drums; Scott Zubot, violin), and began work on You Missed It All. The full-grown sound the five developed suited the melancholy nature of the album, with hymn-like organ drones seeping into ambient mutterings, clangorous, messy feedback rockers bumping against gentle acoustic reveries.
You Missed It All was recorded, mixed and produced by Everett LaRoi.
RIYL: Cowboy Junkies, Mojave 3, Galaxie 500, Isobel Campbell, Pieta Brown
You Missed It All, released January 31, 2012
Available for purchase on iTunes, Bandcamp and through CD Baby. In stores at Blackbyrd Myoosik and Permanent Records.
It Can't Be Done
You Missed It All
Meet Me Here
Bring You Down
Made of Bones
Rip It Off
Longing is a Whore
Listen, the Snow is Falling (Yoko Ono cover)
State Trooper (Bruce Springsteen cover)
On My Shoulders (The Do cover)
Wintersong (Screaming Trees cover)