If you’re a fan of Maltese singer-songwriters, you’ve definitely heard of Alexandra Alden. The 23-year-old musician has been steadily making waves both locally and internationally over the last couple of years, and she’s finally ready to release her debut full-length album, Wild Honey. With a launch in Valletta set for a couple of weeks’ time, however, Alex needs one final push.
“The album is nearly ready… it’s just out of reach,” Alex explained in a video uploaded earlier this year. “The album will feature songs I have composed over the last three years while travelling back and forth between Malta and The Netherlands, where I am currently living.”
Over the course of the album’s writing, a number of foundations reached out to the young artist to show their support. The Netherlands’ Rocktown Studios in Rotterdam, for example, invested an entire 80% of the funds required to complete Alex’s album. The Malta Arts Fund, on the other hand, entrusted another 10% to the singer. And that leaves Alex with an elusive 10% left.
Alex Alden on her new album and the inspiration behind it
To help raise the required amount (which adds up to around €1,500), Alex set up a Zaar crowdfunding campaign back in January. The rewards for the donations (which span from €5 all the way to €1,000) including digital downloads of the finished album, an entry ticket to the March album launch and copies of her vinyls. Alex has even offered a private house concert for anyone willing to go an extra mile with their donation.
With 22 days left, over €1,200 have already been pledged, and it seems like the young Maltese singer is close to achieving her dream.
“I feel incredibly lucky and honoured to be working with such a dedicated team of artists who want to nurture these songs and see them grow as much as I do,” Alex said of her recent project. Her new songs, which are formed around the core of her acoustic guitar playing, also feature valuable contributions by the team over at Rocktown Studios. Multi-instrumentalist Hanyo Von Oosterom, bassist Ocki Klootwijk, and cellist Marien Okkerse all lent their skills to the upcoming album, which Alex teased in a short teaser last month.
“She writes timeless, classic songs with a hypnotic touch of minimalism,” Klootwijk said of the Maltese singer-songwriter, with Okkerse following it up with “The first time I saw Alexandra Alden was at a concert in Rotterdam, and being impressed by her songwriting skills and delivery of those songs, I had to work with her.”
Alex Alden released her first EP, The Curious Child, back in 2013. The short compilation saw two number one singles being unleashed onto Maltese radio stations – Dancing Alone and Just Like You.
A couple of months later, Alden moved to The Netherlands to pursue her studies in music and perform abroad, and that’s where this year’s adventure has led.
Alden’s first full-length album, Wild Honey, is set to be released on the 24th March during a launch party at Valletta’s Offbeat. For more info on the event, check out the night’s Facebook page.