Alexandria Maillot’s resume is as colourful as her genre-blending timbre. Her gritted, inflective vocals and lyrical narratives have often drawn her comparisons to music heavyweights such as Feist, Stevie Nicks, and Alabama Shakes’, Brittany Howard. Now, the Vancouver Island “swoon rock” artist is gaining momentum within the Canadian music landscape with her upcoming sophomore album, set for a spring 2019 release.
The new record digs deep; it’s the gut wrench of a heartbreak, the belly drop of a rollercoaster. The album is bold, yet equally refreshing in sound: a fusion of southern rock and old country, all wrapped up in a 90s aesthetic. “Make It Out” and “Messed it Up”, the first previews of the record, are no exception. "Make It Out is a song about artistic voidance,” comments Alexandria. “The struggle of an artist trying to find their way back to their creative lifeline. Equally, I wrote Messed It Up in that relative place of uncertainty, questioning all of who I was and what I stood for. The album is based around the concept of morality; within it, I challenged myself to answer all of these complex and lingering questions, and eventually from these contemplations I was able to find solid ground again. Despite these songs being birthed from a fragmented headspace, they created a level of clarity I had never known before.”
Performing since the age of seven, Alexandria has already amassed an impressive list of credits, including being scouted by David Foster at age twelve, working with Randy Bachman, and being featured on the Oprah Winfrey network. She’s performed at music festivals such as Rifflandia, Riverfest Elora, and Iceland Airwaves, and toured extensively across Canada and the EU. The 2016 release of her debut album, Time, has proven to be a body of work that has merited national radio attention and widespread critical acclaim amongst industry peers and music lovers alike.