Blending free arrangements, fun vocal layering and lyrical reflection, “the ups” is an expression of moments: moments of complete love and happiness, moments of utter confusion and self-observation, but maybe most importantly, moments that can not be changed or taken away.
Ali Wesley’s follow-up album “the ups” was created through a spontaneous, playful recording process (which included bedrooms/closets/front seat of an old Honda Accord). During recording, Ali would record one song in one day, and what was done was done – she never allowed herself to go back and add to the tracks once that day was over. In this way, the process is just as important as the album content itself.
Each song hopes to be enjoyed by you.
The several songs not included in “the ups” will be released as an EP “Swallow” later in 2011.
"All Things (My Two Fish)" communicates the struggles of loss as well as the fever of love. Recording began in the fall of 2006, after Ali Wesley had just experienced both the traumatic loss of a loved one and the passionate beginnings of a new life.
In producing this album, the goal was to create a collection of songs which revealed this particular time period of life. The lyrics are delivered as if from a secret journal entry, quietly examining the conflict that comes along with such restlessness.
Ali Wesley combines the darling honesty of Regina Spektor, the fragility of Mazzy Star and crisp vocals soaring above acoustic guitar and delicately placed harmonies. Such musical guests as Jay Mallison, Rob Bartleson and John Vecchiarelli are featured on the recordings and their beautifully placed musical additions were as vital as their presence on the album.