ALANA is a singer-songwriter living in New York City. ALANA has been strumming her guitar and writing songs since the age of 12, and pushed herself to release original music in 2019 with her debut single ‘American Honey’ drawing from the glamour of old-school Hollywood. Now ALANA returns with her newest single ‘Counting Sheep’, an airy pop track with savvy lyrics that offer a peek into her forthcoming EP. Alana’s vocals float effortlessly over gentle acoustic guitar and delicate piano, the track grows more emotive throughout as haunting strings and synths are introduced, evoking the feelings of struggle and contemplation that inspired the track.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
Dreamy, cinematic, honest
What made you decide that music is the right path for you?
Music has always been there for me, even before I decided to pursue it as a career. But my favorite part of making music and sharing it is creating the visuals that go along with the song and really crafting the world of the song. With all my releases I try to collaborate with other visual artists that help me bring the track to life. For this song in particular I worked with fiber artist Anna Warfield, who created pillow-art pieces that match the lyrics and mood of the song. Overall I think collaborating with other artists and mediums just makes the whole process all the more special and intentional.
What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?
This year I am finishing up my EP project which is scheduled for release in 2022. I am looking forward to having a cohesive body of work out in the world and sharing more of my stories with people. My EP is a love letter to New York, a city that I so often feel I have a love/hate relationship with and the EP dives into the complexity of that.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has made us all more connected and has given indie-artist a bigger chance of being seen and heard. I think it’s also changed the pace of music and the way it’s released. Everything is so immediate and it feels like artists are creating so much. Nowadays it also feels like artists have more of a responsibility to hype up their songs before they are out, like there is always this build before a release to get people excited.
I also feel like the internet has allowed me access to songs I would have never just discovered on my own. I discover so many songs and incredible new artists online. Whether it’s scrolling through TikTok or watching Youtube recommended videos, there is so much good music being made right now.
Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?
I definitely prefer recording, although I am very excited to perform again. Since I released most of my music during the pandemic, I haven’t performed my new songs yet, so I’m looking forward to the day when I get to share my songs live.