Nothing like a little bit of local flavor to get me smiling on a Sunday morning. Hailing from Kommetjie, South Africa (which is also where the home-made music video for “Dirty Mouth” was shot,) Alice Phoebe Lou is a tiny force to be reckoned with.
Her lighthearted, feminine vocals are unmistakably self-assured and confident while maintaining a joyful sense of pureness, innocence, and almost child-like sincerity. “Dirty Mouth” is a free and joyful number, and carries the feeling of liberation and upliftment in every note. But, rather than coming from a place of happiness, this is a freedom that comes from letting go of inhibitions, of toughening up, of righteous indignation at having been mistreated. Alice won’t hold her tongue any longer, and the raw umbrage in the lyrics makes that clear.
Speaking to Broadway World, Alice describes “Dirty Mouth” as:
“...begging you to dance around your room naked and scream out what you really feel. The words are written from an uninhibited, no bulls, part of myself that I often hide with manners, pleasantries & politeness. It's a big smiling middle finger to the men that have pulled me down, used me & hurt me in ways that took me years to heal. Asking for what I want. Saying how I feel. Not holding back."
Words to live by, my friends.
Alice Phoebe Lou’s third album, Glow, is due out March 19th, 2021. It’s visceral, personal, and untamed. It’s full of blissful melodies, upbeat grooves, and emotive piano compositions, and is delivered by an artist who refuses to let anyone stop her from speaking her mind.