With less than three weeks to go until the release of Alison Wonderland’s eagerly awaited new album AWAKE, comes the ambient single ‘High’, featuring rapper of the moment, Ohio’s Trippie […]
With less than three weeks to go until the release of Alison Wonderland’s eagerly awaited new album AWAKE, comes the ambient single ‘High’, featuring rapper of the moment, Ohio’s Trippie Redd.
The track is accompanied by a sublime, mood enhancing video featuring Alison and Trippie Redd, together with incredible animations from Jayme Lemperle and Evan Red Borja. It was self-directed by Alison Wonderland, with cinematography from Jeffrey Zoss. View HERE.
Alison says, “It was a real pleasure to work with Trippie. It is important to vibe with an artist before we collaborate. When he heard this song it was very organic and he jumped in the booth and we walked out feeling that we had something special. I felt like this song had a certain spirit and wanted people to feel like they were going on a journey with us….just like when watching the music video.”
18-year-old Trippie Redd has been described by XXL, Mass Appeal, and Noisey as “raps next rock star”, with two US Gold singles already under his belt. His debut mixtape A Love Letter to You spawned a series of viral hits: ‘Love Scars’ surpassed 16.1 million plays on Soundcloud and 11.9 million Spotify streams in addition to gracing playlists such as RapCaviar, Most Necessary, and Liit. Meanwhile, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ generated 6.6 million plays on Soundcloud and 3.5 million Spotify streams. Spotify has praised his “versatile style, one that blends elements of cloud rap and trap with the energy of punk and stadium rock.” Noisey describes his music and place in hip-hop, stating “While most of his contemporaries produce gritty, bass-driven bangers, Trippie toys with melody and adds a softer element that sets him apart from the pack,” and FADER hones in on his “hook-making abilities and confessional writing that immediately stand out.” Pigeons & Planes says, “he has charisma for days”, while The New York Times pointed out his, “deep-haze vocals, ambling emotions, and slow-fade resolution.”
‘High’ follows lead single ‘Church’ and tracks ‘No’ and ‘Happy Place’ as a tantalising taste of what’s to come from AWAKE. ‘Church’ has catapulted Alison back on to playlists and airwaves all over the world, its stunning video showing a different side to this enigmatic artist.
At a time of chaos, AWAKE became Alison’s outlet, her therapy, her resolution. Seeking solace in the studio, she spun her struggles into songs and ultimately, hope.
“This whole album is about waking up, making peace and moving forward,” she explains. “I feel like I’ve grown up too. I still get anxiety but I also have a lot more clarity around life. I’ve learnt I can get through this and stand up for myself.”
Making music saved her, and she hopes it’ll help others face their own trials. “If you’ve got a voice and a platform, you can use it for real communication,” she adds. “I want to make a track that someone will hear and be like ‘shit, I totally get what she’s feeling and if she can get out, maybe I can too.’ I don’t want them to be afraid to talk about it.”
With the album bedded down, Alison is ready to take AWAKE to the world. After all, playing live on stage is truly her happy place.
“Every time I get off the stage I feel cleansed and high off the rush,” she says, glowing. “That’s when I think I couldn’t never do anything else. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world.”
A massive live schedule kicks off with Coachella on April 13 and 20 (she will become the highest billed female DJ in the Festival’s history), followed by Belgium’s Tomorrowland Festival and a North American tour across August.
Australian fans will have an opportunity to score tickets to three intimate AWAKE album launch parties in clubs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, May 2 – 4. Pre-order the album at select outlets to receive a ticket to the party of your choice.
ALISON WONDERLAND ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES
pre-order album HERE* for tickets
Wed 2 May / Civic Underground, Sydney
Thur May 3 / Boney, Melbourne
Fri May 4 / The Brightside, Brisbane
*Strictly Limited Tickets – first in best dressed.