Most everybody remembers that Summer fair atmosphere; the dubious, at best, construction of the traveling rides, sand art, burnt meats and popcorn, and the unique tension that is courting a crush for maybe the first time. LA-based Alyeska, the fuzz-pop project of Alaska Reid, has encapsulated these sights, smells and feelings oh so perfectly on her latest single, “Tilt-A-Whirl.”
On the track, Reid builds steam and adds to her rich tapestry of warm sound with each new verse. The whole affair bubbles over with a glorious, fuzz-drenched outro that sonically replicates the rush that comes with having one of your first bits of autonomy on a dizzying fairground.
The artist shares:
“‘Tilt-A-Whirl’ is an ode to the small county fair in my town. My friends and I would look forward to going every year, we’d see boys we had crushes on, and scream about the creepy carnies or the way your feet turned black with dirt in your yellow flip flops.
We would giggle uncomfortably at the porno posters the carnies hung in their booths and the rotting state of their teeth. And then there were the rides – The Zipper, The Hurricane and my favorite, the Tilt-A-Whirl.
The dirt in the midway was pocked with pools of vomit and discarded glow sticks and the carnies would spray you with giant squirt guns, trying to lure you into playing their game…. It was sort of a running joke, that it was your “coming of age” if you got squirted in the chest by the carnies.
I just wanted to convey the sparkle and the excitement of when I was young against the neon glow of the county fair as well as the grit and the darkness lurking around the edges.”
Stream Alyeska’s “Tilt-A-Whirl” below and look for her debut EP, Crush, out March 3rd via self-release.