Slow, spacious and ambiently glorious, Alice Boman’s debut album, Dream On, has been a long time coming. The Swedish songwriter has been releasing singles since 2013, but after a series of releases produced by Fabian Prynn (Ex:Re, D.D Dumbo), she settled to work on the LP with Patrik Berger (Robyn, Charli XCX, Santigold).
A tale of rejection, Everybody Hurts is the album’s centrepiece – inspired by Cindy Lauper’s Time After Time. In the run up to the album release, we caught up with Boman. These are her Sound & Vision picks:
Three favourite records:
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
I love the sound and the emotion of this record. It’s so dark, but also so beautiful. You get immersed in it. I also watched the documentary about the recording of this album and I was so moved. I especially love the tracks Skeleton Tree and Rings Of Saturn.
Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden
This record feels so alive. The tracks works great on their own but listening to the whole record is such a great experience. So much going on, so many details, but also so much space.
Joni Mitchell – Hejira
I love the lightness and playfulness of this album. And then Joni’s vocal..
One favourite film:
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
I watched this film a few weeks ago and I still find myself thinking about it. It was so powerful and it really made an impact on me. Such a beautiful movie, in so many ways. I don’t know where to begin. Instead I just really recommend everyone to watch it.
One favourite book:
I have read Nicole Krauss’ The Story Of Love several times. Now it was a while ago, but I remember loving it so much and I’ve given this book to a lot of friends. I must read it soon again!
One song that’s important:
Spinning Away – Brian Eno and John Cale
There is something about this song – it always puts me in a certain mode. It makes me sentimental, in a good way. I don’t know what makes it so special, it just kind of feels like an embrace somehow and I always return to it.