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THE MANY FACES OF ALLIE X

photographs/ Rachel Thalia Fisher

styling /Lizzy Rosenberg @ See Administration

make-up/Angel Gabriel @See Administration

hair/ Yevgeniya Kozlova 

story/ Rachel Carroll

 

Allie X’s Woman With No Face (out now on Twin Music) is a door to a different world. Stuffed with strobing synths and highly effective bass traces, the album is an invite: onto the dance flooring, into musical eras of the previous, and into the recesses of Allie X’s thoughts as she fearlessly follows her ideas down rabbit gap after rabbit gap. Known as “a brilliantly bonkers thrill-ride” by The Line of Finest Match, this album leans into the avant-garde tendencies already so pronounced on Cape God and earlier works from Allie X, the skilled title of Alexandra Hughes. In the end, the file recollects New Wave or electro-pop moments from the 80’s, however all with X’s distinctive present spin. 

 

Although Allie X definitely demonstrated all kinds of her artistic expertise within the creation of this album, when she sat down to debate her course of with us, she admitted one of many issues she was most pleased with wasn’t essentially a artistic aspect of the album in any respect. “What I’m pleased with is that I managed the undertaking,” she stated once we spoke, “I took it from the place that it was in in 2020 to the place that it’s in now, which could not appear all that completely different, however issues are literally quite a bit cleaner. And so they’re worthwhile now,” she added with amusing. Moreover, this undertaking was totally self-produced, a primary for Hughes. “[Producing] was type of a model new skillset I needed to study. There have been lots of technical expertise that I lacked and quite a bit that I nonetheless lack, however I managed to search out my approach. I needed to be courageous,” she admitted.

 

tank, skirt, & boots. Aknvas

tank, skirt, & boots. Aknvas

 

Bravery is an undercurrent of the undertaking, which Hughes described as considerably defiant. “I feel I do know now how really rebellious [the album] was. I had guesses about that, however the fan response and the brand new folks which were drawn to me because of this [album] popping out have made me see it as a daring and rebellious piece of labor.” Hughes says a key to this insurrection was attempting to not fear an excessive amount of in regards to the business facet of music whereas creating the file. “I feel what’s fascinating is the impulse to grapple with [commercial marketability] is essentially influenced by people who find themselves not followers,” Hughes explains, “It’s largely influenced by the folks on the groups and on the label and whoever, the individuals who aren’t consuming the music or have any artistic instincts. What I’ve discovered is that these folks have their place, however it’s a small place. These are simply people who find themselves creating wealth on my work and all different artist’s work and you must by no means take them that severely.” She carried on to precise the futility of inauthenticity anyway: “Kids right now are sensible,” she exclaimed, “they’ve style! They’re cultured, and so they’re taken with what’s new and thrilling. I feel there’s extra success available in taking dangers.”

Danger is one thing that Hughes is aware of intimately, particularly with regards to taking her music on the highway. There’s a brilliant ardour that takes over her voice when she talks in regards to the dwell present she and her band are placing collectively for the North American tour of this file that was introduced just lately: “I really feel so unhinged and free seeing this music on stage,” Hughes stated, “This file is so enjoyable dwell. I feel due to the New Wave and the post-punk affect it’s acquired this type of rock spine that I didn’t even notice was there within the recordings.” However as excited as she is to carry out, she acknowledges that each time she undertakes a tour, she does so “with fingers crossed.”

 

blazer, jacket & pants. Issey Miyake. footwear. Aknvas

 

Hughes has handled a persistent autoimmune situation for over twenty years, which she says places her in a singular place in her profession discipline. “You don’t meet many individuals working as artists which were bedridden for half their life,” she quips. After having canceled dwell performances prior to now because of her well being, she’s made peace with the truth of the state of affairs: “I can’t predict when my physique’s gonna not work,” she identified. “That’s an enormous stress as a result of I don’t wanna disappoint. So at this second, I’m placing lots of work into making a terrific tour, and in some unspecified time in the future, I’ll begin placing these funds down and investing cash in it, and I’ve to hope for the most effective.”

This blunt honesty and vulnerability is definitely one of many facets of Hughes’ work that has gained Allie X a loyal, cult-like following. One other is undoubtedly the humor; tracks like “Off With Her Tits” or “You Slept On Me” supply bitingly satirical commentaries on life within the public eye, significantly life as a girl or gender non-conforming individual. However as considerate and reflective because the album is about bigger points, it by no means sacrifices its dancefloor power. Because the very first observe on this album states, Allie X lives in a bizarre world, and we’re fortunate to have been let into it even briefly by way of this file.

costume & footwear. Stella McCartney. tights. Wolford. jewellery. Alexis Bittar

costume & footwear. Issey Miyake. hat. Binata Millinery. gloves. Dolce & Gabbana

costume. Melitta Baumeister. footwear. Issey Miyake.

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