I first stumbled across Alyeska a year ago when I heard their tune Everglow and have been waiting for their debut ever since. While it isn’t the LP I was hoping for, an EP should be enough to tide me over until an LP comes my way. The first tune, Tilt-A-Whirl is great and I’m all in on this band. The namesake of the band, Alaska Reid, had this to say to Stereogum about the track.
“‘Tilt-A-Whirl’ is an ode to the small county fair in my town. My friends and I would look forward to going every year, we’d see boys we had crushes on, and scream about the creepy carnies or the way your feet turned black with dirt in your yellow flip flops. We would giggle uncomfortably at the porno posters the carnies hung in their booths and the rotting state of their teeth. And then there were the rides – The Zipper, The Hurricane and my favorite, the Tilt-A-Whirl. The dirt in the midway was pocked with pools of vomit and discarded glow sticks and the carnies would spray you with giant squirt guns, trying to lure you into playing their game…. It was sort of a running joke, that it was your “coming of age” if you got squirted in the chest by the carnies. I just wanted to convey the sparkle and the excitement of when I was young against the neon glow of the county fair as well as the grit and the darkness lurking around the edges”
Alyeksa is here