Penning down a route for the drifted souls against a beautiful, ornate musical map, burgeoning singer-songwriter ALLIE X is nothing short of a wonderland for all those who are lost.
For Allie, it’s all about finding the missing X. Juxtaposing a stray voice against a synthetic narrative, Canadian popstress tunes in her frustrations into a candy-coated ode dipped in waves of sun-splashed melodies, with a fair amount of anxiety creeping in at the edges. “Sounds a bit detuned, sweet with a bitter under taste,” comments Allie on her gossamer tendencies. Capturing the strange and wistful pursuit of her lost identity, her album ColleXtion II is rooted in surrealism with a blueprint that invites us in to get lost in the musician’s bizarre imagination. “X means the possibility of anything and because of that, the ability to create your own truth and identity,” Allie explains. Following a poetic soundscape multifaceted with epistemicprobes, her solitary existence has provided us a refreshing take on finding oneself. “I have always been motivated by a desire to ‘find myself.’ Find a space where I feel empowered, comfortable and strong. As a sensitive and sometimes weak person, music has always helped me along this journey.”
“Part of making music for me, is trying to answer that question and put the pieces back together.”
Delivering a strong jolt to the senses, her taste for visual panache plays with disturbingly spasmodic imagery that leaves you dazed with it’s spinning surrealism that accentuates darker themes in her music with songs like “Paper Love” hitting the mark in the small screen. Directed by Renata Raksha, the paralyzing music video gives us a slice of modern art-house cinema. “Visuals are important to me. It completes the picture and helps the listener see my full expression of what I’m trying to get across,” she adds, “Each body of work I have put out so far is called a ‘CollXtion,’ because it is a collection of multimedia: songs, videos, gifs and other stuff. With each collection, I release a chapter of The Story of X – an abstract autobiographical piece about a girl that spins too hard and switches places with her shadow.”
“As a sensitive and sometimes weak person, music has always helped me along this journey.”
With a lyrical backbone on classical voice and piano, Allie has built a DIY pop attitude with a bracing vulnerability to her listeners, all whom catapulted her way up to the charts. From openly revealing her tracks down to providing a creative space where they could share their music to her, Allie creates a conversational track that is as catchy as her sun-kissed beats. “It feels therapeutic for me right now. I know that if I ever became very famous that might change, but right now I think I have the right amount of openness with X’s and it means a great deal to me.” Being an enigma in the musical stratosphere, Allie X throws herself into the unknown and uses that fear as fuel that jumpstarts her drive to create her bewitching pop signature. “I pose a question: who am I? How much of me have always been like this and how much is informed by experience. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always felt like a bunch of different people. Part of making music for me, is trying to answer that question and put the pieces back together.”