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Alice Tambourine Lover 'Down Below'


Wandering between lazy Mazzy Star/Cowboy Junkies atmospheres and more gritty moments reminiscent of Mark Lanegan, the comeback of Bologna-based duo Alice Tambourine Lover lingers on their stripped down psych blues signature sound, this time plunging more on the psychedelic side, still keeping a folk-like authenticity.


In their fourth LP Down Below, out via heavy psych rock label Go Down Records (IT), dreamy vocals by Alice Albertazzi intertwine with Gianfranco Romanelli's guitar textures, while occasional e-bow, leslie and harmonica phrases gently take the edge off. Dust and honey mix together in a dark homage to lysergic Nineties, a moody landscape where the hallucinated desert of Meat Puppets fades into Mojave 3's desolated moorland.

ph Reynald Reyland

Alice Tambourine Lover were founded in 2011 as a side-project of psych band Alix, with five albums released among which Ground, recorded by David Lenci and Good One, recorded by Steve Albini. In 2012 they played All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, headlined by Neurosis, Shellac, Red Fang, Uzeda.


They have released, all on Go Down Records, Naked Songs (2012), Star Rovers (2013) and Like A Rose (2015), which features two songs by Dandy Brown (Hermano, Orquesta Del Desierto) and John Garcia (Kyuss, Unida, Hermano).


Their dense, yet essential sound has also caught the attention of film directors Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci, who chose "Hungry Thieves" (Alice Tambourine Lover) and "The Sweet Smelling- Roads" (Alix) for the soundtrack of the film "Bota Cafè".

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