Alice TM, the queer, artpop project of Alice Tolan-Mee, is a talented artist who combines her skills as a singer and composer with her passion for performance art and party. Her debut album, Little Body In Orbit, released on October 8th, explores the theme of love and its various nuances, ranging from sticky love to violence in love.
The album was created in collaboration with co-composer Tarpit and producer Ale Roubini, with Alice drawing on personal experiences such as her breakup, her new relationship, coming out to friends, and the connection between mind and body. The opening track, "Generous," is a queer love anthem that celebrates love in all its forms. Alice's crystal soprano voice shines on this track, layered over an addictive pop-corn beat and plucked synth.
Throughout the album, Alice delves into her personal history and experiences, exploring childhood memories, her father's various wives, addiction, depression, and loneliness. Despite the weight of these themes, Alice finds room for both confession and retreat, creating a stratospheric atmosphere in her music. She embraces her queerness and releases love that was once stifled and latent, allowing it to guide her as she navigates memories of anger, abuse, and fear.
The album closes with "Wedding," an anti-love love-song that questions the very nature of love. Alice's crystal soprano voice soars on this track, accompanied only by her own emotions. She expresses the inertia of enough, sticking around because she knows no alternative.
Little Body In Orbit represents an exciting arrival for Alice TM, as she continues to define herself and her unique energy and lightness. Her exploration of artpop is rooted in a lifetime on stage and in the studio, punctuated by personal tragedies and frictions. Comparisons can be made to other artists in the genre, but Alice TM's music is truly her own.