News: Alice Ivy Releases New Single ‘Chasing Stars (feat. Bertie Blackman)’ Debut Album I’m Dreaming Released February 9 + Supports Added For National Headline Tour

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Melbourne based beat-maker and electrifying musical force, Alice Ivy, today reveals her brand-new single ‘Chasing Stars’ which features ARIA-award winning, singer-songwriter, Bertie Blackman. The track is lifted off Alice Ivy’s forthcoming debut album, I’m Dreaming, which is set for release on February 9, 2018 via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia.Some very special guests have just been added as supports for her upcoming national, headline album tour PLUS fans can expect a cavalcade of guest performers from her collaboration-rich album. Accompanying Ivy on all East Coast dates is Melbourne soul artist Nasty Mars, with local opening slots going to Oh Boy, Keelan Mak, François, Sophiegrophy, Strictface & Skivvybeats, with more acts still to be announced.

‘Chasing Stars’ which premiered on the airwaves via triple j’s Good Nights, is a shimmering, infectious and dreamy ride of electronic, disco-house-pop, powered by inimitable voice of Bertie Blackman. Ivy met Blackman while supporting Urthboy, and the pair quickly became mutual appreciators. Ivy later reached out with an instrumental, a soaring run of synths and horns that reminded Blackman of flying. Typically, Ivy drives the writing process but she let her take a lead on the lyrics for this one.

“’Chasing Stars’ is one of my favourite moments on the album.” Says Ivy, “Being given the opportunity to work with Bertie was a dream come true for me. The dynamics of the instrumentation are the perfect fit to the strong and sometimes fragile moments of Bertie’s vocals on the song, which are SO rich with emotion and meaning. Bertie and I started writing it over email, however the finished song came together in a couple of hours in Joyride’s studio above a pub in suburban Sydney. The vocal tracking only took three hours; however, the instrumentation is what took the longest. I’ve hung onto this song in demo form for about a year and a half now. Lyrically, ‘Chasing Stars’ is about Lincoln Beachey, the first person to do a loop to loop in an airplane. The music has many layers which depict the endless landscape of the sky.”

Few artists arrive with a debut album as fully formed as Alice Ivy. This is no fluke. I’m Dreaming is the product of a life spent playing and studying music — a life that has turned the 24-year-old, née Annika Schmarsel, into something of an auteur, self-reliant but with a love of collaboration. Raised in Geelong, playing guitar in soul bands, it was only when she moved to Melbourne that she started mastering the editing suite. Now based in Brunswick, she has her own home studio where most of I’m Dreaming was recorded and self-produced. From producing beats, writing music and lyrics and to singing on the record, Alice Ivy pulled all the strings for this album.

In the last 18-months, she has performed more than 100 shows in 4 continents including lead supports for the likes of Foster The People (US), Oh Wonder (UK), Billie Eilish (US) Urthboy, Remi and E^ST. She also completed maiden dates in the USA and Singapore, Canadian Music Week PLUS a stack of stand-out performances at festivals including The Falls Music And Arts Festival, Festival Of The Sun, Listen Out national tour, The Plot, Melbourne Music Week Splendour In The Grass, St Kilda Festival, Listen Out, Strawberry Fields, Paradise Music Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival 2016, NYE On The Hill 2016, Pitch Music Festival 2017, Groovin’ The Moo 2017 and VIVID 2017.

Alice Ivy ‘I’m Dreaming’ National Headline Tour
Special Guests Announced & Tickets On Sale Now

FRI 16 FEB HUDSON BALLROOM SYDNEY NSW
w/ special guests Nasty Mars & Oh Boy
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2m5I0Fk

FRI 23 FEB BLACK BEAR LODGE BRISBANE QLD
w/ special guests Nasty Mars & Keelan Mak
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2CCZbWc

SAT 24 FEB HOWLER MELBOURNE VIC
w/ special guests Nasty Mars & The Martians, François, Sophiegrophy and more TBA
Ticket: http://bit.ly/2CKn3uh

FRI 2 MAR ROCKET BAR ADELAIDE SA
w/ special guests TBA
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2F8d3sQ

SAT 3 MAR MR LONELY PERTH WA
w/ special guests TBA
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2F8dp2E

THU 29 MAR STAR BAR BENDIGO VIC
w/ special guests TBA
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2CQjFPq

ALSO APPEARING AT:
FRI 9 MARCH/SAT 10 MARCH – PANAMA FESTIVAL, TAS
SUN 11 – 18 MARCH – SXSW 2018 – AUSTIN, TEXAS USA
23 – 25 MARCH – THE HILLS ARE ALIVE – VIC
+ MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

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