ALESSANA releases debut EP ‘Chapter 1: Money Plant’

"The diversity of musical genres within the EP is striking, from indie to soul to reggae, reflecting the multicultural backdrop of London"
11 March 2024

A vivid fusion of Portobello Road’s art and music

In West London’s vibrant scene, indie-soul artist ALESSANA is stirring excitement with her debut EP, Chapter 1: Money Plant. Crafted among Portobello Road’s historic ruins, the EP reflects her unique narrative, intertwining songs to reveal her refined storytelling skill, shaped by her rich artistic journey.

ALESSANA spent 18 months in meticulous rehearsal, transitioning from backyard sheds to recording studios, ensuring every note and lyric conveyed her message perfectly. The four-day recording stint in a local studio culminated in a product that was ready for the final touches of post-production​.

Chapter 1: Money Plant serves as a comprehensive multi-sensory experience, with ALESSANA skillfully taking on the roles of both musician and director to create self-directed music videos that enhance each song.​ ALESSANA, donning the hats of both musician and director, has crafted self-directed music videos that complement each track. Shot in the intimate setting of her apartment and the surrounding areas, these videos add depth to the EP, allowing listeners to visually immerse themselves in the world of Portobello Road.

The diversity of musical genres within the EP is striking, from indie to soul to reggae, reflecting the multicultural backdrop of London. This blend of sounds, coupled with ALESSANA’s powerful storytelling, creates an experience that is both unique and universally relatable.

As a multifaceted artist and director, ALESSANA’s comprehensive approach shines in her acclaimed music video Ragdoll of Portobello Road, which earned a Portobello Film Festival nomination. Drawing from influences like Sade to Leonard Cohen, her music appeals widely, mirroring London’s diverse vibrancy in her energetic, authentic live shows.

With her debut EP, Chapter 1: Money Plant, ALESSANA is poised to take her unique blend of narratives, melodies, and artistry from the local ambience of Portobello Road to audiences across the globe. 

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