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Introducing Ålesund, the alt pop band hailing from Bristol UK, fronted by the ethereal vocals of British-Norwegian singer-songwriter Alba Torriset. Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of musical genres and artists, Ålesund’s sound is a fusion of dreamy pop hooks, atmospheric soundscapes, and alternative rock riffs, which have drawn comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush, Florence and the Machine and London Grammar.
Growing up in Hastings, England, Alba’s love for singing was nurtured by the acoustics of the local churches she attended, where she would often perform. She later attended a specialist music college in Lewes, where she was trained classically. But after graduating, Alba decided to forge her own musical path and started writing her own music.
Since then, Ålesund has been making waves in the UK music scene, earning praise from industry tastemakers like BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Introducing in the West, Amazing Radio, and RTE Ireland. Their live performances have been described as captivating and mesmerizing.
The band’s notable achievements include playing at some of the UK’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, Boomtown, and Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as touring the country and playing in major cities like London, Cardiff and Manchester.
In addition to their successful performances, Ålesund has collaborated with renowned producer Jake Bright (Mary Spender, Kate Stapely) and EDM producer and DJ Jimi Needles on a remix of their single “Lightning.” They are also preparing for a co-headline tour in May 2023 with Manchester-based artist Megan Dixon-Hood.
For Alba, the creative process is deeply personal, with her own experiences and feelings serving as the inspiration for her songs. She aims to create an atmosphere with her music that evokes genuine emotion and connection, from carefree abandon to thought-provoking reflection. Her passion for all aspects of the creative process extends to the visuals that accompany the music, ensuring a cohesive and immersive experience for the listener.
Looking ahead, Ålesund’s goal is to continue pushing the boundaries of their music, playing to larger audiences, and connecting with fans around the world. As Alba believes, music is a great unifier, and Ålesund’s unique sound is sure to resonate with listeners everywhere.