Seattle! The lovely musician, songstress, and all around leading lady Alicia Amiri (Nightmare Fortress, Lovesick Empire) has recorded seven songs with a Rolls-Royce crew of musicians and producers and is having a party to celebrate its release on 4/30/2014 at Barboza.
Alicia Amiri, once the marketing gal at Neumos, then the Crocodile, and who is now slated to open her own venue/rehearsal spaces/bar/coffee shop in Belltown with Leigh Stone (CryBaby Studios) and Michael Mcconnell (Caffe Vita, Via Tribunali), is more than just a musician; she’s a pillar in the Seattle music community. As such, she creates with people of her caliber. Jason Lajeunesse, owner and producer of Capitol Hill Block Party as well as part owner several Capitol Hill venues/restaurants, has been one of her musical cohorts for about five years. They created music together under the moniker “Alicia Amiri,” “Lovesick Empire,” and a cache of other names until going on an indefinite hiatus.
Alicia returns under her original moniker, her very own namesake, to release Meet Me at the Bottom, a collection of new songs that represent her solo work. Mr. Lajeunesse supports her on bass, guitar, and production joined by Marty Lund (The Cave Singers) on drums. Oh, and she just went ahead and had Matt Bayles master it. No big deal.
What does this blue ribbon music sound like? Different. It carries the backbone of a thoughtful, dark singer/songwriter, but musically, Alicia combines northwest, athemic optimism with not so heavily disguised pop structures. Great lyrics, great vocals. It’s really good!
Have a listen for yourself, and be sure to catch Alicia with her merry men at Barboza on 4/30 for the celebration of Meet Me at the Bottom.