Australian multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter, Alisha Todd sings the songs of a curious traveller, bringing focus to the beauty and pain of humans and nature alike.
From her humble beginnings being raised on country and 90’s pop in small town Gympie to European explorations of getting lost to be found, Alisha’s music too has travelled and evolved in time to be the inspiring nuggets of unconditional encouragement needed while on the endless pursuit of happiness. She draws inspiration from travel and change; the separation from the expectation of who you were and the release from these shackles on the human psyche. “When you allow yourself to just be, the sky is not the limit, it’s the borders of your mind”.
Her latest single ‘If You Wanna‘ was recorded at Lovestreet Studios on the Gold Coast. It’s a song of inspiration to throw caution to the wind and fill your boots with the whole of you. “The message in the song is something I truly believe and have experienced and I’d love to turn the light on for someone in the dark”.
The inspiration for the song came from a moment of scrolling through Instagram and seeing a picture that brought up old feelings of when she was leaving Australia to move overseas. From this split second of emotional nostalgia, the words came: ‘I told you, you know they’ll never let you go. I know you enough to know you feel alone, but life will hold you like you’ve never known.’
“This is purely that feeling that some people might feel when they really want to follow their dream, but something or someone is holding them back. ‘If You Wanna’ is the little kick up the butt that you might need, really. The lyrics ‘It will all fall in place if you want it to’ sums it up pretty well.”
It’s thought-provoking in the current global climate when we finally have the time to take a step back, breathe and ponder if we are on the journey that is truly fulfilling us. Time is an elusive character in all of our stories, but now that we are coming to a slow idle, time also seems to have slowed and perhaps this gives us an extremely rare chance to re-evaluate what is actually important to us and put our eggs in that basket.
In 2019 Alisha independently released two singles. First came ‘Icelandia’, a dreamy, guitar laden love song, swimming in soaring vocal harmonies that transport the listener straight to the source of inspiration: the unforgettable and inexplicable peacefulness of Iceland. “If there is one place in the world I feel completely at ease, Iceland is it. I enjoy the silence there, it gives you so much space. I learned a lot from the way humans can be so generous to strangers”.
The second offering, 'Chaos', is a powerful synth-driven lament for the current social and natural crises, co-produced by Scott French, her partner both in life and music. It paints a hopeful future to cling to and says all the things that fill your conscience and are bursting to dance off the tip of your tongue.
In these pop-inspired landscapes Alisha pulls you into her world of wanderlust through reconnection with nature and the beauty and pain of human existence, the dark and the light. Her music is emotional. It bares a soul dancing in the Scandinavian mountains melded with the heart of a small-town Aussie girl.
Alisha spent 2019 releasing music (both as Alisha Todd and with her 2nd project Volcanic Lovers) and played well loved Australian festivals Bello Winter Music, Caloundra Music Festival and Mullum Festival. In 2020, while the world slows down to breathe in, we can expect lots more new music from Alisha.
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