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“Please” - Alae | Review

Alae is back with their new indie RnB song “Please,” a groovy hit that I can’t get enough of.

In the forefront is Alex Farrell-Davey’s sweet, breathy vocals and Marika Hodgson’s addicting bass notes. Fantasy-like production elevates Alae’s sound even further, creating something groovy that you feel deep in your bones. A laid-back, smooth drum beat, and lighthearted keyboard notes make the song all the more catchy. Alae’s layered vocals bless our headphones as their lyrics analyze the difference “between what’s real, what’s perception” in life. Throughout the song, Alex’s lovely high notes ensure that you’ll be humming the melody for the rest of the day.

Alae’s music video for “Please” is absolutely stunning. Shot at Auckland’s renowned Civic Theatre, the video captures Alae’s sound by depicting the band members as still paintings. Director Mikee Carpinter utilized wide shots to slowly zoom in on the band, pulling you into their story in an enticing way.

Alex explains, “Please is about looking at your life, or current situation and putting things into perspective. Figuring out what you want and what YOU are willing to do to make that your reality.” 

Alae is a New Zealand-based group consisting of multi-instrumentalists Alex Farrell-Davey and Allister Meffan, drummer Jayden Lee, and bassist Marika Hodgson. Alae began in 2016 with Alex and Allister, but by the end of their first year, they welcomed Jayden and Marika. Their brand of “sophisticated indie pop” draws inspiration from bands like The Kings of Convenience and early Coldplay. “Please” is Alae’s fourth official single, and one of seven tracks on their mixtape Lucy’s Mix tape that will be released tomorrow, August 26th! The mixtape features one of my favorites, “Summer Thing,” and I can assure you it will be worth the listen.

Written by Annika Johnson

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