Presenting a fearless navigation through the bewilderment and search for meaning amidst a battle against mental illness, It Stole Myself From Me is the latest feature length release from Alice Limoges and her most ambitious work to date.
A work of arresting honesty, eight original compositions bring audiences along Alice's path from Maine to New York, where she wrestled with bipolar, feelings of isolation in a bad relationship, and losing her ability to play music due to a hand injury. The upbeat final track, Yellowstone, acts as a prelude to her escape from New York and seeking what truly makes her happy.
These themes track the arc of the events in Alice’s own journey in recent years. Her time working in New York has left a deep musical impact on It Stole Myself From Me, which features collaborations with a SUNY Purchase professor, a Broadway drummer, and the members of Alice’s former touring band. Many of the songs were released as singles and almost every song on the album is accompanied by music videos, featuring scenes that have been filmed at various locations between New York and Maine. The record was 6 years in the making, the first song written in 2015. The strings for Daydreams were recorded a week before she left Maine due to the pandemic in March of 2020 and additional drums, mixing, and mastering were completed remotely.
The pandemic ultimately led her back to her hometown in mid-coast Maine. The return to the freedom and beauty of small town life led Alice to confront her own struggles with bipolar disorder and blossom anew as an independent artist. Since her return, she has been self producing two new records which she uploads to Patreon, a monthly subscription based service where the audience can directly support artists.
Bio: While originally from the small town of Rockport, Maine, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist left for college in New York City, graduating from SUNY Purchase with a BM in Studio Composition and spent the next seven years growing in the area with her unique brand of jazz-infused folk rock. She has toured festivals and venues across the northeast, including The Campfire Festival, Columbia University, Bard College, Arlene's Grocery, Make Music Harlem, and Sofar Sounds. She also recorded instrumentals for Jon Samson’s Grammy-winning children’s music album.
Post Covid-19, those experiences have given her the skills to evolve into a truly independent artist, recording and producing her own original materials from her new base in Maine.
Inside The Songs:
Hungry for a Vice explores the irrational human desire to seek out feelings and experiences that destroy us. Set to a dirty marching beat, the song features a gothic fashioned music video filmed at the renowned New York City venue, The Cutting Room
The ghostly No One Underneath was a semifinalist in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition, and tells the story of feeling like she'd lost herself in a manipulative relationship, begging "Mother remind me, how do I say my name?" She sings about how she “lost [her] hands last year”, alluding to how a hand injury has left her unable to play guitar consistently for 3 years, an additional loss of identity as a musician.
Daydreams unflinchingly confronts the dualistic reality of those split in two by bipolar disorder. With striking fragility, the song plays like a grim waltz with our other self, and wrestles with the knowledge that we can never fully be our own master. The song features a lush string quartet Limoges composed herself as well as a haunting choir of voices she refers to as "someone else inside my head".
China We Don’t Use envisions how the fragility of objects is like that of friendships and familial relationships, which Alice feels get swept to the side in the search for romantic love as we grow older. The soft piano-led crooning piece carries an innocence like that of the young girl starring in the video, as she plays with an antique China tea set. She gives life and purpose to the porcelain teacups and kettle that would otherwise go untouched and unnoticed.