The underdog

Today we learned our album made the long list for the Polaris Music Prize. It’s voted by critics based on artistic merit, creativity, & diversity – the Mercury Prize of Canada, more or less.

It feels quite something to get this far! We started out with the murky ambition of “making up our own sound” & writing a record about the way we live in cities today.

And now we’re here. For an album we uploaded from my bedroom 2 days before it came out ☺️

& we nuh done yet 💪🏾💪🏻 More to come

Thanks & appreciation,
– Alanna + Ian

CBC First Play screenshot “Every song vibrant and evocative. . . Lush Life feels like a place, a city or space of its own”

Stream the advance preview of our debut LP, Lush Life 🙌🏾🙌🏻  Up for a limited time at CBC Music 🔊

Alongside talk of: Inuit foster brothers, what a “panopticon” is, and the tremendous challenge of making “very much your own thing.”

The Collaborative Legions of Artful Womxn (Red Bull Radio)

Alanna and Robin Bernice have collaborated on a new dancehall-inspired janky pop tune (of course) in Jamaica!

Tune in worldwide today at 6pm EST to hear its radio premiere on Collaborative Legions of Artful Womxn, alongside our in-depth conversation with one of the loveliest people in music, Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards.

 

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Cities are humankind’s greatest creation. Their only reason for existence is to bring us closer together. To create. To intersect. To love. Why else would we put up with the excess, the crowds, the trials and the tribulations? Because cities feed our need for human connection. Those who would never otherwise meet become inseparable. Cities are a dream world. Because in pursuit our dreams, the city emerges in our collective image.

A city’s most profound power lies in its ability to make new ideas real. Cities hoover up ambition from all over. Yearning artists and scientists, immigrants and students, writers and entrepreneurs – impresarios of all motivations and hues. The details change but the stories remain forever the same: The struggle to convince others of a vision they can’t yet see. The crushing failures on the path to success. Summoning the strength to persevere. Seeking someone to love, and finding someone who loves you. The fight to keep ambition from eating away at your passion.

There’s a lot that happens on the way to making new things. These are the stories Lush Life tells.

“The difficulty lies not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones…”

Lush Life ideas & inspirations

Jane Jacobs