Naomi Alligator, the alias of Los Angeles-based songwriter and multi-media artist Corrinne James announces Concession Stand Girl, her new EP and Carpark Records debut. (Naomi Alligator) animated the video for the track herself and has done videos for Slow Pulp and Emily Yacina in the past!
Inspired by the sparse and confessional qualities of Liz Phair’s early portastudio recordings, James uses the project as her own musical journal to share and process personal anecdotes. Her modern folk production and poetic songwriting links the sounds of artists like Joan Baez and Steeleye Span to a 21st century context.
Of the track James says: “I only used to go to high school football games to see my crushes. I was always really nervous and excited to be seen by the whole school at night. Everything felt personal and yet overwhelming, especially on the bleachers when standing under the giant lights. The Concession Stand Girl runs a stand at a high school football game. Her job is to observe the crowd and cater to their needs, but she goes unnoticed. This song is about all of the people that go unnoticed and the dynamic lives that they lead. Sometimes we exist as The Concession Stand Girl and other times we exist as the people that walk by.”
Last November the Atlanta (by-way-of-LA-by-way-of- Austin) band Mamalarky released their self-titled debut full length on the buzzing Brooklyn label Fire Talk. Today Mamalarky are returning with their first new music since their LP, a pair of singles entitled “Meadow” and “Moss” that are being released to mark the announce of the band’s first touring in support of their debut, a run of dates that includes shows with Slow Pulp as well as an East Coast headline and a New York showcase with their labelmates PACKS & Wombo.
Accompanied by a pair of videos directed by the band (who have worked on several of their own videos and recently began directing videos for other artists as well), the tracks both concern different experiences of nature and were appropriately, according to singer and guitarist Livvy Bennett, both written outdoors.
“Monotony is an illusion, or at least it’s a very tired way to look at things.” says Bennett. “Nature always has something new to offer when we slow down enough to absorb it – isolation made me appreciate and deepen this relationship significantly. I realized I’m never actually alone when I’m out under some trees. Moss offers more of a coming to terms that the surrounding landscape could be my anchor and company for the time whereas Meadow is a spark of excitement at finding a less traveled path on my daily route that opened out onto a beautiful stream with singing frogs. I wrote both these songs outdoors which I had never tried before. I still go to these spots often and they hold me up!”