Love Is The Currency is the fourth studio full-length from Alessi’s Ark, arriving over four years on from LP3, The Still Life. “The core theme of Love Is The Currency is our limitless ability to heal one another though music, healthy love, healing frequencies and working through previously unprocessed grief,” explains Alessi. “With ‘Cut The Cord’, I wanted to make a song that could encourage people to save themselves from fear and the grip of toxicity’s many guises.” Long-time Maccabees engineer Jago Jago produces ‘Love Is The Currency,’ with Will White (brother of Maccabees members Felix and Hugo) helping co-write. Jago Jago’s brother Memby is on drums, with the aforementioned Felix White contributing guitar on “Wives”.
Alessi starting writing and performing aged 16. She recorded her first album *’Notes from the Treehouse’ *in Omaha, Nebraska with Bright Eyes producer and band member, Mike Mogis. The album was released through Virgin records in 2009 and Alessi toured extensively in the UK and Europe in support of the release with Mumford & Sons, Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling amongst others.
Alessi signed with Bella Union in 2009 and released* ‘Soul Proprietor’ *EP in 2009. Alessi’s second album *’Time Travel’ *was released to great acclaim on Bella Union in 2011. Alessi toured the UK,EU and US with John Grant, Laura Marling, Laura Veirs and Villagers in support of the release. Alessi’s third album *’The Still Life’ *was produced by Bright Eyes/Azure Ray collaborator, Andy LeMaster, in Athens, Georgia in 2013. The album was also released by Bella Union and Alessi toured extensively in support of the album with Mountain Goats, M.Ward, Jenny Lewis and Sam Amidon. Alessi also released an EP titled ‘Komorebi’ in Japan in 2014 and has toured the country twice in support of her releases.
Alessi has also recorded vocals for Neva Dinova, Young Colossus, Valley Lodge, Cursive and Rachael Dadd amongst others.