Having returned this summer with new single “This Is Where It Ends“, Swedish songwriter Alice Boman announces her mesmerising and long-awaited debut album Dream On, released 17th January 2020 on new label, Play It Again Sam.
The profound sense of quietness that can be heard in Alice Boman’s music stems from its simple roots. Initially a project that started at home when she was a teenager, the songs she was making were just “sketches.” Yet as soon as other people heard them, it was clear that there was so much more to her talents than simple home tinkering. Two EPs followed, 2013’s Skisser and 2014’s EP II, as did a wave of critical acclaim and an array of TV placements for her music on shows such as Transparent, Wanderlust, and 13 Reasons Why. With her new reach, the Swedish songwriter captivated listeners one-by-one.
A period of reflection and concentration on songwriting followed, as did a run of stirring one-off singles made with producer Fabian Prynn: “Heartbeat”, “Dreams” and “End of Time.” Boman now finds herself in a place far away from the artist she started out as. “It’s like two different worlds,” she says. “I didn’t even realise that this was something I could do for a living. Things feel a bit more certain now and it’s nice to be able to dive into it fully.”
Despite her debut album feeling fuller and richer, as well as being her most accomplished work to date, Boman’s intimacy remains intact. “I didn’t want to lose the nerve of intimacy,” she says. “That’s an important thing for me.” The songwriting for the album initially began in a similarly isolated and autonomous way. “I took instruments and recording equipment to a house in the countryside of Sweden for a few weeks to get away from everything,” Boman says. “To just focus on writing and playing. No distractions. Sometimes you need that distance to get into a flow.”