Following up her recent single, “California,” London-based singer-songwriter Al Costelloe is back with a new single, “The Other Side.” The track continues Costelloe’s homage to America’s West Coast with vibrant breezy melodies, reminiscent of halcyon days gone by and a hopscotch of emotive lyrics which, once you’ve checked out our premiere of the track below, will agree hits all the right notes.

Having played in bands since she was 12 years old, London-born musician and songwriter Al (Alice) Costelloe signed to Mute Records at just 17 as half of the shoegaze two-piece Big Deal. The band released 3 critically acclaimed albums, garnering enthusiastic support across British radio with multiple singles playlisted at BBC 6 music. Further to this, the inclusion of the duo’s song “Dream Machines” on the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie Divergent helped deliver them to a wider audience, amassing 70,000 followers online and over 10,000,000 streams.

A relationship breakdown along with becoming disillusioned with life on the road took the singer-songwriter away from music. However, after a chance meeting, a tour and encouragement from friends, Costelloe began to consider creating her own music again and tentatively started work on recording home demos which form the basis of her upcoming singles.

Speaking about the latest of those singles, Costelloe explains:

“’The Other Side’ is about finding happiness after a dark time. It was written towards the end of the first national lockdown and embodies an optimistic hopefulness for the future.”

Using lockdown to focus on her music, Costello found motivation and desire to create something she would have complete creative control over, resulting in her new project Al Costelloe.

Having almost given up on music altogether, her desire has been rekindled and, if “The Other Side” is any indication, 2022 looks like the year she gets to make her own mark on her terms.

Artwork for ‘The Other Side’ by Al Costelloe

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