Los Angeles singer songwriter and lover of the organ Allie Crow Buckley will be releasing her second album ‘Utopian Fantasy’ on May 19th and her first after signing to Nettwerk in 2022 .
Her new single (and video) ‘Greatest Hits’, expands her sound whilst still retaining that driving dark beauty that made her such an interesting proposition on her drak and dramatic self released debut “Moonlight And Devious” – You can read my interview with her for Under the Radar Mag here.
Allie describes her latest track as, “Riding top down through purgatory – resigning to whatever is. The feeling of leaving your body – as one does when chaos ensues. A psychedelic laugh!”
Video director Jeanette Getrost adds, “The forest was an important setting for this video as much of Allie’s writing of this record involved being so close both in proximity and her relationship to nature. I referenced a lot of imagery from Greek myth and Czech fairy tale films, as well as some time in the English countryside where Allie and I spent one evening watching Rock and Roll Circus and Zeppelin performances. What derived from this was essentially a narrative on inspiration and the mystery and wonder of the creative process—the result being a wild trip in the forest.” In addition to Jeanette, Buckley enlisted renowned cinematographer Micah Van Hove (Weyes Blood, Tim Heidecker) to bring their vision to life.
Allie Crow Buckley’s music is a world unto itself. A journey from deep within the forest to the coastal cliffs. She is known for her balance of ethereal, soaring melodies, strong rhythmic elements, and heavy, rooted low end. This balance, coupled with her allegorical sense of lyricism, lends itself to being both beautifully meditative and unsettling at times.
She draws inspiration from numerous sources – from Black Sabbath to Joni Mitchell, and Todd Rundgren, to painters, and poets as well as mythology and her love of classical music from her years of formal training as a dancer. Following the release of her acclaimed debut 2019 EP ‘So Romantic’, she released her debut LP ‘Moonlit and Devious’ in 2021 to praise from The New Yorker, NPR, Under The Radar, Paste and more and has opened for Jenny Lewis and Maggie Rogers on tour.
Her forthcoming dynamic new record ‘Utopian Fantasy’ is the follow-up to her 2021 debut and takes the listener on a psychedelic journey through the mythical world inside Buckley’s head. The album was recorded at the 4AD Studio in London, mastered at Abbey Road, and was written, recorded, and produced by Allie Crow Buckley and Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes) between a lush cottage in the English Countryside, the sunny mountains of Ojai, California, and the hotels in-between. The album will also feature her recent singles ‘Naked At The Feast’, ‘Angel’ and title track ‘Utopian Fantasy’.