Armed with a thrift-store synth, bizarre wit and arresting vocals, the intergenerational, all-female micro-choir Alice release their second album L’Oiseau magnifique. Hailing from Geneva, Alice’s music subverts French and Occitan folk music to create a playful and poignant blend of intricate harmony and storytelling lyricism – a unique sound that is deep yet deceptively minimal.
Formed in 2018, Alice is the brainchild of artists Lisa Harder, Yvonne Harder, and Sarah André . Alice combines art-pop, folk song vocals and synth experiments to create a unique sound of their own that is captured on their mammoth 23 track album, L’Oiseau Magnifique (The magnificent bird). The group draws on their experience of intuitive singing at home and with friends and family, as well as Yvonne and Lisa’s history of performance in choirs and Sarah’s storytelling career as an author of graphic novels. With mother and daughter Yvonne and Lisa playing the keyboard in unison and all three of them singing along with intuitively harmonised words, Alice’s music produces a choral polyphony from just three voices, while sharp lyrics reflect on universal emotions and the poignant moments of their everyday lives alike.