Hailing from Malmo, Sweden, Alice Boman has been garnering a worldwide fanbase since 2013’s ‘Skisser’ via Adrian Recordings. Swedish for ‘Sketches’, ‘Skisser’ was just that; a spellbinding collection of tracks so lo-fi that if you listen carefully you can hear traces of her father working in the garden. The star of the show was Boman’s truly breathtaking voice, a delicate but quietly assured coo balanced beautifully by a minimal palette of muffled piano, otherworldly organ and – on opening track ‘Waiting’ – softly sonorous guitar.
‘Waiting’ was the song that propelled Boman to international stardom, picking up support from a slew of key tastemakers, and receiving a remix from Malmö-artist PAL which was subsequently featured in smash Amazon series Transparent. As she continued to forge forward with her career, further TV placements followed – most notably on HBO’s Wanderlust, and Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why – but Boman remained focused on her craft. Following the release of universally adored six-song set EP II in 2014, plus a string of standalone singles including ‘Dreams’, ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘End of Time’, she shared her feverishly-anticipated debut album Dream On in January 2020, which was lauded by The Line of Best Fit, Mojo, Uncut, Paste and Loud & Quiet among others.
After initial frustration with the lockdown and how it impeded her ability to play the record live, by the fall of 2021 Boman had rallied, and that winter she and her Dream On collaborator Patrick Berger (Robyn, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Santigold) began talking about how to approach the follow-up. Though more pared back than originally planned, The Space Between, released in October 2022, still sees Boman working with a broader palette than that of Dream On. Imbued with an enveloping warmth which radiates from Boman’s gossamer-light vocals, arrangements are lightly embellished with shimmering guitar (‘Space’), accordion (‘Night and Day’), twinkling, music box effects (‘Don’t Want To Go Home’) and muted brass, low in the mix (‘Soon’). The record also features Alice’s first duet, ‘Feels Like A Dream’, a collaboration with Perfume Genius.