Alora (born 8 May 1985) is an Australian blogger who first launched to iTunes as a songwriter when the original song she penned for husband Brenton for their wedding first dance, "Castles (First Dance)" gained popularity and recognition online.
Music Release[edit | edit source]
In 2016, Brenton proposed to Alora and after six months of the couple being unable to find a "first dance" song they could agree upon, Alora found her way back to song-writing.
Artistry[edit | edit source]
Songs Released[edit | edit source]
After it's initial release on February 17th 2018, Fear.Armour.Paradise including it's best known track "Castles (First Dance)" launched straight to commercial availability on iTunes and Apple Music.
Musical Style and Songwriting[edit | edit source]
Alora's style of music is constantly being challenged in definition with descriptions ranging from ambient pop to electronic, zouk and folk. When asked on air "What style of music" she wrote, Alora replied that she "would be honoured to not be defined", and she went further to explain her view that music is written to create meaning "rather than for a specific niche in a market".
With a self professed love for reading. Alora explains on radio that inspiration for her music comes from books and that her EP, "Fear.Armour.Paradise" is written in the format of a novel. With each song, lyrically written as a chapter of a journey. Alora's writing style is fresh and in her own words, "deliberately vulnerable, to keep it honest".
Penned in her early 20's "Fear" was written by Alora before she met Brenton (aka Bello). The first track of the EP, "Fear" lyrically tracks the journey of a life of a single girl. The vulnerabilities faced during the dating game and the uncertainties of the experience. As the lyrics unfold the plot twist becomes clear that the song's intention is in actual fact, a tribute to the bond between a father and his daughter and the unrelenting protection and support in that bond. Track One: Fear, is written endearingly for Alora's father, with affectionate references to other key influential people in her life, her mother, and late grandmother. There is a strong family connection noted in this song which is a surprising twist from the initial interpretation of the first verse.
As the EP progresses to Alora reaching her mid-20's "Armour" was penned, just around the same time she first met Brenton. In this second track of the EP, "Armour" lyrically demonstrates the presence of fear that still very much permeates through the early interval of dating when two people are still getting to know each other. Musically, "Armour" is written with the undertone of a nightclub track with heavy bass and drums, whilst lyrically, it is written as a mental monologue. With inspiration from Shakespeare, the lyrical monologue in "Armour" allows the audience to engage with the dichotomy of conflicting thoughts and emotions within the 'character'. Just as in Shakespeare, "Armour" is written so that the lyrical monologue highlights internal key revelations within the the writer (aka 'character') and the audience is able to witness 'character progression' as they would within a novel or movie. Just as in a story, the audience is able to track the journey from one song "chapter" to the next.
The third track, "Paradise" was written as the original finale to the EP. Alora summarises the third (and supposedly final track) as the "final destination" synonymous with the Wedding Day named aptly as - "Paradise, a destination of few...Realm of ethereal beauty in which every dream is realised, every desire met and every love requited". In this manner of description, one can correctly deduce that this track was written as the original First Dance Song, for Alora and Brenton's Wedding Day. In testament to Brenton's Irish Heritage, "Paradise" demonstrates Celtic undertones in it's rhythm and melody and a coincidentally perfect timing for a Bridal Waltz.
"Castles (First Dance)" is in actual fact, the 'second' First Dance Song Alora wrote and ended up being the actual song the couple danced to on their Wedding Day. The idea behind "Castles (First Dance)" was that Alora was the same girl she had always been. The same girl that met Brenton during the time of "Armour", but with the realisation that, she was now without the "Fear". In a frantic re-write of "Armour" into "Castles" only weeks before the Wedding, Alora re-worked the lyrics so that the monologue was no longer peppered with fear and doubt and instead, re-composed the score of "Castles" into a light hearted latin rhythm full of fairy tale flavour.
References[edit | edit source]
- Interview with Alora "Inner Fm" 96.5fm April 12 2018 (http://www.innerfm.org.au/)
- Interview Greg and Alora "Yarra Valley Fm" 99.1fm April 20 2018 (https://tunein.com/radio/Yarra-Valley-FM-991-s7619/)
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