Alexa Melo is intense. This is immediately evident upon even a cursory
listen to her forthcoming self-titled debut album, due for release on
June 2, 2015. Whether its the propulsive, darkly compelling Shes in
Your Shadow, the slinky, sultry Dead End or the gorgeous piano
ballad Call This Love, Alexa explores the myriad minefields of 21st
century relationships with a distinctive, original voice and musical
Twenty year-old Alexa has already acquired more performing and
songwriting experience and music biz savvy than many whove lived
twice that span of years. A native of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, her
family relocated to Los Angeles a decade ago and she began writing and
recording her own songs, first on keyboard before exploring the
production capabilities of GarageBand. By the time she was thirteen
shed taught herself piano, bass, harmonica and ukulele, but it was
the guitar she truly connected with as a primary tool for composing
and performing live. A year later, she signed with a major labeland
then things began to get interesting.
While Alexa wished to work in the rock/alternative realm, especially
given her now exceptional lead guitar-playing skills, the label
possessed a different vision. Though she spent the next five years
shuttling from one producer to another in an attempt to find common
ground, the effort proved elusive. Meanwhile, Alexa had set up a small
ProTools studio and was continually writing and recording new music
an astonishing thirteen albums worth of material in six years.
Recognizing that their creative differences were unlikely to be
reconciled, artist and label parted ways.
This experience doubtless informs one of the standout tunes on the new
album, Bleach, which Alexa says is about, The brainwashing and
manipulating that occurs in the media and entertainment business and
how easily your true colors can fade if it successfully breaks down
your spirit. It's about mustering up the courage to not conform and
pave your own way.
Alexa certainly lives up to that sentiment on the new album. Working
with producer Christian James Hand (The Mowglis), shes crafted an
exquisite collection of compositions spanning the emotional spectrum.
The artists that mostly influenced this body of work are Radiohead,
Bjork, Portishead, Jack White and Pink Floyd, she notes, continuing,
But each songs influences are very specific. While many of those
influences are apparent on the album, Alexas soaring vocals and sonic
visions brand the resulting songs as purely her own.