American singer-songwriter and actress Alison Sudol will release her autobiographical and intimate new album, ‘Still Come The Night’, on September 30th via Kartel Music Group. Pre-Order ‘Still Come The Night’ Here.
There are songwriters who write constantly, plucking at their guitars in every spare moment, turning every overheard conversation, experience, thought and feeling into songs as a daily practice. Then there are the songwriters who wait until something seismic and life-changing happens, before disappearing to inject their entire soul into their work. The America-born, London-based singer-songwriter, musician, actress and video director Alison Sudol is from the latter camp. This was especially the case with Alison’s exquisite new album ‘Still Come the Night’.
On Valentine’s Day 2020, Alison found out that she was pregnant. Five weeks later, she was jamming as much toilet paper, canned goods and prenatal vitamins as she could fit into a rental car, leaving just enough room for her partner and their dog. Filming on Fantastic Beasts had been indefinitely suspended, the tour with Goldfrapp that was meant to start in a matter of days postponed, and for some reason she couldn’t taste or smell anything. The mood in London was strange, tense. No one knew how long this thing would last, or what the risks were if you were pregnant. Friends with a farm had told them to come stay. There was a cottage there for them. There wasn’t any wifi, but there was fresh air, a fireplace. They could stay as long as they liked.
They stopped to get more supplies on the way. The giant Tesco shelves were empty, bewildered people roaming the aisles at 8pm trying to work out what they could live on for the foreseeable, the energy apocalyptic. But they arrived to calm, quiet, stars at the farm. Soon after, London went into lockdown. Days later, they lost the baby. “I have always struggled with processing big emotions,” says Alison. “I have met grief with resistance at best, pushing down feelings, cutting the pain off as much as I could. But this I couldn’t fight. It was too big, too physical, too overwhelming. It was a tidal wave and it demanded that I feel it. There was nowhere to hide”.