Kick & Rise

by ALEX ST JOAN

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  • ALEX ST JOAN was born next to a flooded valley in drought-prone Australia and raised on Greek myths and disco. Her debut EP "Kick & Rise" (Zellephan Records) features 4 distinctive songs that discard the posturing of youth and lay down what it is to be an adult; vulnerable and fully accountable.

    To celebrate this first release, ALEX ST JOAN has created a special edition book containing her own stories and artwork to accompany each song. Drawing from the likes of the Brothers Grimm but with a modern twist, each story and illustration mirrors the themes central to the songs and provides a window into ALEX ST JOAN's creative world. The book is signed by the author and is available with or without a CD (both options come with an automatic download of the EP).
    shipping out on or around May 1, 2019
    edition of 100 

      €15 EUR or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Kick & Rise. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases May 3, 2019

      €5 EUR  or more

     

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Kick & Rise
3.
Fish Lament
4.
The Heart Of It

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ALEX ST JOAN is the avant-garde pop project from musician and producer Alexia Peniguel. She works with layered vocals and sampled sounds to create a brand of avant-garde pop that could only come out of Berlin. Her debut EP KICK & RISE (Zellephan Records) features 4 distinctive songs that discard the posturing of youth and lay down what it is to be an adult; vulnerable and fully accountable.

Whether using fractured synth-saxophones to hammer out a paean to self-determination in title track KICK & RISE or building the poignant UNBROKEN THREAD around a heartbeat both literally and metaphorically, ALEX ST JOAN is not taking the easy way out. “All of the things that you see as your failings are made up” is a contender for one of the most emotionally sharp lines of the year, yet it’s delivered with such hopeful romanticism one might be forgiven for not noticing the thorns amongst the flowers.

On the surface, the songs have a softness and beauty to them, brought about not only by the clarity of ALEX ST JOAN’s voice, but through an underlying thread of compassion. At the same time, they share an edge and unflinching candour that can only come about when you take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror. These are adult dilemmas; not boy meets girl, but woman meets morality, agency, self-actualisation.

“Get to the bit where it hurts / get to the dregs and the dirt / the best of the worst”, is ALEX ST JOAN’s brave demand and indeed she does. In merely 4 songs, she builds a framework for us to face our fears, ask the tough questions and then let them go when we realise that we do not have all the answers and we probably never will: “The fire is burning / your words are going down / I would leave here, oh I would leave / but I’m in for the long run”.

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releases May 3, 2019

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ALEX ST JOAN Berlin, Germany

ALEX ST JOAN is the multi-faceted creation of musician, producer and writer Alexia Peniguel. Born next to a flooded valley in drought-prone Australia and raised on Greek myths and disco, she has been based in Berlin since 2004.

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Track Name: Unbroken Thread
The morning is calling
Your body is stalling
The silence is daunting
But the day demands you play your hand
And make an entrance

This ride is over but you do not know it yet
This nightmare has closure but you can’t let go of it
Look over your shoulder and see the unbroken thread
You are only ever one step away from the clear
Because you see, my dear

There’s less bad than good here

This strife is over but you do not know it yet
This nightmare has closure but you can’t let go of it
Look over your shoulder and see the unbroken thread
All of the things that you see as your failings are made up
All the reasons you give for negating yourself, you have made up
You are only ever one step from giving the shame up, dear
Behind the grey it’s clear

There’s less bad than good here

This fight is over so you can let go of it
A new life draws closer so you should grab hold of it
Look over your shoulder and see the unbroken thread

You are the sailor come home, free
Riding in on the driftwood
You are only just beginning to see
What it is that you’ve misunderstood
That there’s less bad than good here
There’s less bad than good

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