London born Alessi's Ark (Alessi Laurent-Marke) started writing and performing aged 16. Her first album 'Notes from the Treehouse' (2009) was recorded in Omaha, Nebraska with Bright Eyes producer and band member, Mike Mogis. Alessi went on to release two E.Ps and two full length albums 'Time Travel' and 'The Still Life' though Bella Union and has toured the UK, EU, Japan and US supporting Jenny Lewis, M.Ward, Sam Amidon and John Grant amongst others. Alessi also produces zines of poetry and illustrations alongside her music.
“The understated arrangements suggest you’re listening to a woman with impeccable taste” - MOJO
“It takes several plays to appreciate all the small touches that make each delicate piece” - THE GUARDIAN
Love Is The Currency is the fourth studio full-length from Alessi’s Ark, arriving over four years on from LP3, The Still Life.
"The core theme of Love Is The Currency is our limitless ability to heal one another though music, healthy love, healing frequencies and working through previously unprocessed grief,” explains Alessi. "With 'Cut The Cord', I wanted to write a song that could encourage people to save themselves from fear and the grip of toxicity's many guises."
Long-time Maccabees engineer Jago Jago produces 'Love Is The Currency,' with Will White/BLANc (brother of Maccabees members Felix and Hugo) helping co-write. Jago Jago's brother Memby is on drums, with the aforementioned Felix White contributing guitar on "Wives".