For those who don’t feel attached to their childhood homes: Alice Merton hits the ground running with her debut single, “No Roots.” With a voice comparable to an alt-rock Regina Spektor, this classically trained singer/songwriter was born in Germany and has moved 12 times in her 24 years (including Canada, England, & the US).
Understandably, inspiration for the song came from her nomadic childhood and Bohemian upbringing. Merton writes about lacking a sense of attachment to the cities where she’s lived and her efforts to stay grounded while constantly on the move. She describes her perception of home, a simple idea to most, as a rather difficult and abstract concept – quite a bold and genuine expression for her first single. To match her prodigious writing, Alice Merton has successfully crafted an iconic sound that has been uniquely influenced by her globe-trotting lifestyle.
While she has been tracking on European charts for months, her authentic writing has proved relatable to a considerable amount of US listeners. “No Roots” has accumulated over 55M streams on Spotify and climbed to #2 on Spotify Viral. Last week the song peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs list - dubbing Alice the first female to top the chart since the likes of Adele and Lorde. Having released “No Roots” on her own label, Paper Planes, she signed with New York indie label Mom + Pop to help cultivate her U.S. footprint.
No stranger to life on the road, Alice is well prepared for her US and European tour dates, making light of her lyric “a thousand times I’ve seen this road.” With a driving bass line and a quintessential sound, “No Roots” lays the roadmap for Alice’s much anticipated album, believed to be released in 2018.
If you missed her packed show at LA’s Moroccan Lounge, catch Alice Merton as she dominates the festival circuit (Firefly, Shaky Knees, BottleRock, Hangout, Governors Ball) and see for yourself…she is definitely one to watch in 2018.