Live Concert Photography: Alice Merton with Joan at Baby’s All Right 11/28/17
Alice Merton is a Canadian-born, Berlin, Germany-based singer/songwriter and pop artist, who has lived a rather nomadic life, as she was raised in Canada, finished high school in Germany and then with the rest of her family, relocated to England. Unsurprisingly, music was a major part of her life, no matter where on earth she was — she started taking classical piano lessons when she was five and by the time she was nine, she was introduced to vocal training. As the story goes, after spending the better part of a decade under classical training, Merton discovered songwriting through one of her high school courses while in Germany. And from that point forward, she went on to study songwriting and began pursuing her dream of becoming a professional singer/songwriter.
Naturally, during her studies Merton worked with a number of producers and finding the right producer who both compliments and challenges a singer/songwriter in the way that a true collaborator — and in turn, a great producer — should do, is a rarity, and when she met Berlin-based producer Nicolas Rebscher, Merton quickly recognized that she found her musical match; in fact, the collaborative duo have specialized in pairing vintage, analog synthesizers with organic arrangements based around propulsive drum and bass, as you’d hear on Merton’s swaggering debut single “No Roots,” a single in which Merton’s self-assured and soulful pop belter vocals are paired with a Rebscher production that features enormous, tweeter and woofer rocking beats, a sinuous bass line, brief blasts of funk guitar, squiggly blasts of synths and a rousingly anthemic hook. And while nodding at the likes of Amy Winehouse, Lorde, Taylor Swift and a lengthy list of contemporaries, the song possesses a visceral ache, that comes from the songwriter’s personal experiences of having her life suddenly thrown into disarray.
Already “No Roots” has won the up-and-coming Merton an immense amount of attention both across the European Union and the States and elsewhere, as the song has already seen millions of streams on Spotify and YouTube, and has recently been added to the playlists of several Stateside Adult Alternative Album radio stations, including stations in Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas, San Francisco, Minneapolis, the NYC area, as well as Sirius Alt Nation. And as a result of her growing profile, Merton signed to Mom + Pop Music, who will be releasing her highly-anticipated full-length debut. Interestingly enough, Merton was on a short North American tour to support her viral hit, as well as to build up increasing buzz for her forthcoming and highly-anticipated full-length debut, and the tour included a headlining date at Baby’s All Right with Little Rock, AR-baesd duo Joan. Check out photos below.
Comprised of Alan Thomas and Steven Rutherford Joan is a Little Rock, AR-based duo, whose sound draws from 80s synth pop, R&B and indie rock. They opened the night with an incredibly tight set that included their attention grabbing track “Love Someone Like You.”