It's hard to do darkness well, but Serbian/Swedish artist Alezzandra is right at home in the shadows. The LA-based musician makes sludgy, droning slow-burners carried by slivery vocals that she unfurls over the heavy invectives of her songs. Her tracks are simultaneously sultry and damning, tackling desire, femininity, and control.
On her debut EP The Black Rose—out today—her works feel more like experimental soundtracks than of any particular genre or style. It makes sense, then, that she would craft an entire visual to accompany it. The EP's short film of the same name, premiering on Noisey above, is a Lynchian fever dream through LA's seedy underbelly, casting the singer in the neon-lit shadows of a mostly-empty strip club before taking us down the rabbit whole of an even more surreal landscape.
“There is a beauty in darkness..and I gotta tell you from personal experiences, sometimes you feel the most alive when you are dying inside," Alezzandra says of the project. "Thats when my art comes to life and thats how The Black Rose was born. For me, The Black Rose isn't only a musical and visual piece. The black rose illustrates who I am. It represents all my pain and grief, poured into one fine piece. By releasing it to the world, I can finally make peace with it.”
Watch the premiere of Alezzandra's Rodrigo Zan-directed visual above, and stream her Black Rose EP below.
Andrea Domanick is Noisey's West Coast editor. Follow her on Twitter.