The multi-talented artist continues her musical path
An artist who can switch between film and music seamlessly is an extremely special trait that not many have executed with ease. Singer, songwriter, actress, composer and music video director Alison Sudol is that artist. She captivated the hearts and ears of those from around the world with her band A Fine Frenzy in 2007 with their debut album One Cell in the Sea. The band went on to make the charts in multiple countries and were featured in multiple major film soundtracks.
Sudol has since dabbled in acting and has graced the screens with her beauty in Dan in Real Life, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and the Fantastic Beasts movies. Sudol never really lost her touch in the music industry though. On November 2nd, 2018, Sudol released Moon, her first independently released music in six years, and planned to release Moonlite just a few months later. Both EPs were largely recorded in England during the making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in collaboration with producer Ali Chant. Moon and Moonlite were originally supposed to be one full album but Sudol decided on two EPs to allow each portion to focus on the individual mood.
Moonlite is a louder, more haunting and a darker version of Sudol’s persona as she covers personal issues and reactions to the current world in just four tracks. Like many artists in the entertainment industry, the #MeToo movement affected most in one way or another. Although the song was actually written before the movement became public, Sudol dedicated the urgent but quiet rhythm of “Enough Honey” to the movement. Sudol’s breathy tone is strong and powerful while she sings, “Woman after woman in a line/ you and I have been such good, good girls/ it’s hard to break a life of silence/ the kind that takes your breath away.”
The moodier side of the EP comes in the form of “The Runner.” Sudol finds her most honest lyrics through the gentle sway of guitar, keys and overlapping vocals. “I C U” and “If Patience Doesn’t Kill Me” bot share Sudol’s common theme of airy vocals and obscure overlapping noises and keys. Both quiet in retrospect and loud in meaning, Sudol oozes confidence through each word she sings and flows like water in a river through each melody. Sudol makes it clear that being her truest form through her music has done wonders. Moonlite is a small sample of what to look forward to as Sudol continues her musical career.