Premiered this week on revered rock website, Louder Than War, was Alice’s Night Circus, an act every bit as spellbinding as you’d expect from their name.
In fact, Alice’s Night Circus is essentially one person – Julia Scott – a singer-songwriter who continues to buck the current trend of what that dreaded phrase has come to mean over the years (male; white; beard; acoustic guitar). Instead her thrilling Kate Bush-esque vocals are just the beginning of the adventure: with everything from cosmic Muse-ish keyboard textures and even operatic flourishes, it is the narrative and imagery which really brings Alice’s Night Circus to Life.
Heavily involved in the Steam Punk scene, the modified decadence is in plentiful supply both sonically and visually, emphasised by Julia’s appearances in a forthcoming deluxe tome, Imaginarium- a fine art photography book by Gary Nicholls. The lead single from her forthcoming album is Stand Up, a gloriously grand statement which looks set to propel Alice’s Night Circus onto festival bills and radio playlists over the coming months.