Alessi's Ark, Jake Bellows

The Wayfarer Presents

Alessi's Ark

Jake Bellows

Wed, June 6, 2018

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Alessi's Ark
Alessi's Ark
Love Is The Currency is the fourth studio full-length from Alessi’s Ark, arriving over four years on from LP3, The Still Life.

"The core theme of Love Is The Currency is our limitless ability to heal one another though music, healthy love, healing frequencies and working through previously unprocessed grief,” explains Alessi. "With 'Cut The Cord', I wanted to make a song that could encourage people to save themselves from fear and the grip of toxicity's many guises."

Long-time Maccabees engineer Jago Jago produces 'Love Is The Currency,' with Will White (brother of Maccabees members Felix and Hugo) helping co-write. Jago Jago's brother Memby is on drums, with the aforementioned Felix White contributing guitar on "Wives".

Alessi starting writing and performing aged 16. She recorded her first album *'Notes from the Treehouse' *in Omaha, Nebraska with Bright Eyes producer and band member, Mike Mogis. The album was released through Virgin records in 2009 and Alessi toured extensively in the UK and Europe in support of the release with Mumford & Sons, Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling amongst others.

Alessi signed with Bella Union in 2009 and released* 'Soul Proprietor' *EP in 2009.

Alessi's second album *'Time Travel' *was released to great acclaim on Bella Union in 2011. Alessi toured the UK,EU and US with John Grant, Laura Marling, Laura Veirs and Villagers in support of the release.

Alessi's third album *'The Still Life' *was produced by Bright Eyes/Azure Ray collaborator, Andy LeMaster, in Athens, Georgia in 2013. The album was also released by Bella Union and Alessi toured extensively in support of the album with Mountain Goats, M.Ward, Jenny Lewis and Sam Amidon.

Alessi also released an EP titled 'Komorebi' in Japan in 2014 and has toured the country twice in support of her releases.

Alessi has also recorded vocals for Neva Dinova, Young Colossus, Valley Lodge, Cursive and Rachael Dadd amongst others.

“The understated arrangements suggest you’re listening to a woman with impeccable taste” - MOJO

“It takes several plays to appreciate all the small touches that make each delicate piece” - THE GUARDIAN
Jake Bellows
Jake Bellows
Jake Bellows had quit music. Or so he thought.

After fronting Neva Dinova for more than 15 years which included five full-lengths, a split EP, and countless tours, he packed up his dog and moved from his native Omaha to his girlfriend's hometown of Los Angeles. Two days before he left he recorded 18 demos with musician and engineer Ben Brodin (Before the Toast and Tea, Conor Oberst) at Brodin's insistence. Once in L.A., Bellows got a job installing sliding-glass doors and sold his Les Paul to buy a Datsun pick- up truck.

Though he had no plans to form a new band, he played the occasional solo show, performed with Whispertown, and continued to write songs. In early 2011, an invitation arrived from Omaha's Film Streams Theater for Jake's old friend Ryan Fox (Our Fox, The Good Life), also living on the West Coast, to perform an original live film score. Fox enlisted Bellows and Brodin to collaborate and the trio began to compose and discuss improvisational ideas over long- distance. Since they were all going to be in Omaha and had a long history of playing in each other's bands, Brodin and Fox nudged Bellows into booking studio time to record some of his dormant songs.

Bellows drove from LA to Omaha that November in a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle that didn't have heat, a speedometer, a fuel gauge, seatbelts, or radio. They made it as far as Lincoln, NE, before the car caught fire at 4 in the morning. The following night they performed the score to The Adventures of Prince Achmed. They entered ARC Studios two days later for a feverish recording session, arranging and writing parts on the fly with an impromptu band including Heath Koontz (Neva Dinova), Todd Fink (The Faint), Whispertown bandmate Morgan Nagler and other old friends. Committing quickly to intuitive arrangements the band recorded 17 tracks in a little more than a week. They worked remotely on the record throughout that winter and spring, adding overdubs in basements and bedrooms across western North America.

The group reunited in Omaha to debut the new songs at a couple of shows one week the following June. Excited to release the new material on their own terms the band put out a preview EP on cassette, Help, at the end of 2012. The new music is underpinned by philosophical conviction and shaped by an interest in physics, cosmology and mythology. Bellows returned to music with a renewed sense of the intrinsic value of art and its ability to express the commonality of human experience. His debut full-length, New Ocean, offers a mix tape of different kinds of songs hanging out on one record – love songs that are not necessarily ballads despite their introspective gauziness, with left turns into drunk-in-the-sun bossa nova and blue-eyed-soul ruptured by fuzz guitar. Bellows believes that songs change the fabric of the universe through the very frequencies they emit. As such, the record attempts to create the world he wants to see instead of reflect the world that is. "Our theory of the beginning of the universe is the big bang – a sound," Bellows said. "What gave birth to the universe is our one tool that we can change the universe with.
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
http://www.wayfarercm.com