A song that is much like an ode to the quarantine life, Alu brings us “Alu’s Not Dead”, a whimsical indie pop track chronicling the fact that she is still very much, with us, which is clearly a good thing. Having never heard Alu prior to this, I didn’t know what to expect, and I was really happy to hear great instrumentation, layered with a majestic female vocal, instead of something programmed or another shoegaze band (not that there’s anything wrong with shoegaze). When Alu starts to walk down the hallway of her house in the video with her cute little fluff ball of a dog following her, you see the confidence of an artist in her eyes and bones, and get sucked in. Where is this going? What is her deal? I can’t really say I know for sure as I haven’t yet delved into her catalog, but this track certainly provides reason to. She doesn’t know what day it is and doesn’t care, she’s still alive. If she wants to tap dance in the hallway with boots on with her dog, she will. Cool choppy intro and verse parts break up the song nicely as we go along for the ride. Quarantine life certainly was a trip. We’ll never forget those CNN graphics telling us the “death count” for the day, and our utter collective disillusionment. Good thing Alu and others used the time for creation instead of sinking into a pit of despair, which was all too easy to do. We’re the lucky ones, able to now write and review music and art again, breathe and feel almost whole. Songs like this remind us of such luck, that we should be thankful for it. Whether quarantine life made us go “outta our heads” or not, at least we made it to the other side.
- Joe Pugsley