Primarily based between London and Germany, Alev & Jas is a robust collaboration between Alev Lenz, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer, and Jas Shaw, one half of the famend digital duo Simian Cell Disco. While Alev has made a profession from her urbane and distinctive model of pop, in addition to collaborating with a bounty of esteemed artists, Jas Shaw’s digital grooves introduced fame earlier than a private well being problem left him isolating at dwelling in 2018 and pouring recent inventive consideration into his music.
The roots of their collaboration hint again to a Hackney Highway studio a decade prior, the place Jas helped Alev combine some music and so they each shaped an unstated bond and intuitive information of the opposite’s inventive language. “Our musical orbits aligned, and we have remained in that universe ever since,” Alev recollects. Jas provides, “Alev is an excellent singer and author, however what makes us most suitable is her enthusiasm to have her voice handled equally to a synth. Issues that I might be nervous to ship to different singers are fairly routine for her. I hear a really pure, cohesive scene primarily that includes Alev and synths. It feels totally convincing; the voice seamlessly melds with the synths, and there is not any sense of a disjointed collage of two separate parts.”
Now formally releasing music as a pair, debut single “All Of The Weeds” is the primary excerpt of their upcoming album Convey Your Associates, slated for launch on February twenty third 2024. The music itself is a delicate jaunt, made up of Alev’s signature harmonies and Jas’ down-tempo electronics which give depth to the vocal melodies however with out being intrusive on the similar time. A dream-laden lullaby of discovering self-assurance in a world of peace.
“You have to domesticate a backyard inside your self and take care of it with love, and develop the seeds you could have been given. In patriarchy fathers are pictured because the suppliers however I’m including and imagining a softer father right here, one which folds flowers, presents a backyard of magnificence and softness and a mom that gives with the gold of her coronary heart,” explains Alev of the observe.
What makes the listening an undeniably joyful expertise? It’s the mixture of voice and instrumental components, which sounds effortlessly real and glossy. While Alev’s voice twinkles over the floor, it at all times maintains full composure, displaying impeccable phrasing and timing. Her sincere lyrics, intuition for melodic hooks, and intriguing harmonics type deep and compelling songs that maintain their very own – ushered alongside by Jas’ fantastically instinctive manufacturing.
Talking of what we will anticipate of Convey Your Associates,Jas teases, “I used to be in lockdown, I actually solely despatched Alev the tunes as a result of I knew that she would have the ability to see what I used to be doing however would seemingly have a really totally different slant on them.” Crafted between Alev and Jas’s respective properties in Munich, London, and Kent over the previous 12 months, it is an undeniably private inventive output. It is finally “about pals speaking in regards to the state of the world and their souls.”