Naomi Alligator, is the project of multi-artist Corrinne James, shares a video for “Anywhere Else,” the new single from her upcoming EP and Carpark Records debut, Concession Stand Girl, Inspired by the music of Liz Phair’s early portastudio recordings, James uses the project as her own musical journal to share and process personal anecdotes.
From Naomi Alligator:
“I think my music provides space for me to say the things I can’t always say in real life.” says Virginia native songwriter and multi-media artist Corrinne James. While studying New Media and Cinematography at the University of Virginia, James created a secret Bandcamp under the alias Naomi Alligator, and began uploading her intimate home recordings online. Although her primary creative practice has been experimental animation—producing several shorts and music videos for artists like Slow Pulp and Emily Yacina—James found a way to broaden her storytelling through music. “I grew up playing piano, but I was actually learning how to play guitar on the first few Naomi Alligator songs.” James admits. “At the end of high school my friend Ruby sent me a Google Drive zip of all the Girly Sounds recordings and told me ‘You need to listen to this!’” Inspired by the sparse and confessional qualities of Liz Phair’s early portastudio recordings, James decided to create her own musical journal to share and process personal anecdotes. “I was nervous to show it to other people because I was just scared about what they might think, but eventually I started sharing it with friends in college and they would share it with more people.”
“Anywhere Else” sits in contrast to the rest of the EP, being the only song where James plays guitar instead of banjo. The last song written for the EP, “Anywhere Else” describes the tense emotions that come from comparing yourself to others in the eyes of your partner. “The protagonist is convincing herself, as well as her partner, that she could leave at any moment. She doesn’t want to be taken for granted anymore,” says James.
Concession Stand Girl EP
1. Concession Stand Girl
3. Anywhere Else
4. Big Blue World
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