- Words Cal McIntyre
Let Allie X lift the veil as she takes us by the hand with a curated playlist of songs that are companions to her in life and guided her through the creation of her latest album released today entitled 'Cape God'.
Cult iconoclast leader Allie X levitates at the intersection of where light meets dark as her newest gift to the world comes in the form of ‘Cape God’ – a visionary body of work that aims to embrace you in your darkest times.
A surreal artist of our times, the ethereal world Allie X has crafted within her visions and soundscapes paints a sometimes harrowing picture as ‘Cape God’ narrates the autonomy we as collectives find ourselves falling into when trying to find our place in the world. However, the beauty that lies within Allie X is that there is always a light waiting to help you if you’re open to it.
Drenched in noir, Allie X’s idiosyncratic use of electropop effortlessly merges American Gothic with David LaChapelle and launches her into a trajectory that is entirely her own, we are just happy to be along for the ride. Always adventurous and pioneering, Allie X opens up about the inner demons that have haunted her on ‘Devil I Know’ from ‘Cape God’ resulting in a rich and ominous pop song where solace reigns supreme at the end.
Ultimately, Allie X is the light of the end tunnel for herself and for her fans as we enter into unknown times that lie ahead, proving that this album couldn’t have come at a better time.
We got the innovator to curate a playlist that takes you on a journey, whether it be to ‘Cape God’ or beyond, just know you have Allie X by your side.
"Magic Arrow" by Timber Timbre
"I'd lived in Toronto when Timber Timbre had put out this breakthrough song and then remembered it years later during the Cape God writing process. It's minimalism, haunting melodies and incredible lyrics were very inspiring to me."
"Crowd Surf off A Cliff" by Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
"Emily Haines, who most people know from being in Metric, has incredible solo music. Her album "Knives Don't Have Your Back" from 2006 is an album that has come in and out of my life for years, and very aptly captures what it is to be depressed (in addition to a lot of other stuff). This song helped me connect with the feeling of helplessness I had during highschool."
"Cherry Coloured Funk" by Cocteau Twins
"I have listened to Cocteau Twins non stop, since wrapping up the album. Though I wasn't listening during the creation, it feels like my constant companion in the last year."
"Show Me How" by Men I Trust
"Love the guitar tones on this baby."
"Old Flame" by Kimbra
"I remember listening to this incredible song by Kimbra a bunch during the writing process and hoping to write something with these kinds of chord changes but never doing it haha."
"Easy Lover" by Philip Bailey Phil Collins
"I FUCKING LOVE THIS SONG. That's all!"
"Heroes" by David Bowie
"This song transported by to Christiane F, which is a film that kept coming to mind in the beginning, when I was thinking about the heroin and fentanyl addicts. One of the best songs ever in my opinion."
"Le Chat du Café des Artistes" by Charlotte Gainsbourg
"An incredible Charlotte Gainsbourg cover of a French classic. I felt very inspired by the papery sounding snare and the dissonance in the strings."
"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division
"An overall mood and inspiration for magic and greatness and melancholy."
"Jamelia" by Caribou
"Another song from my days in Toronto sung by my friend Luke Lalonde."