Rounding off the success of an artful string of singles, alt-pop band My Life As Ali Thomas unveil their highly anticipated, deeply introspective sophomore album Peppermint Town – fronted by climactic lead single “Ocean”. A dynamic and beautifully crafted collection of ten tracks, Peppermint Town encapsulates the band’s affection for nurturing innate, free-flowing artistic expressions, an attitude which has seen them become one of Thailand’s most creatively forward-thinking groups. Continuing to push sonic and genre barriers throughout, the band create a nostalgic dreamland to recapture the fond ‘growing days’ of frontwoman Pie’s youth in Australia.
From the delicate folk influence of “Baby I Love You” to the roar of indie anthem “Pitch Black”, the varied and hypnotic tracks piece together through distinct ambient textures and organic instrumentation. Contrasting the lo-fi crunchiness of “Dear all the universe” with the blues infused melodies in “Tears of a Clown”, My Life as Ali Thomas showcase their affinity for expressing themselves outside of the confines of genre, whilst simultaneously forging a sound that is unique to them.
The album’s leading single “Ocean” reflects the crashing of waves as it catapults into oblivion, cushioned by entrancing guitar layers and earth-shattering drums, topped off by frontwoman Pie’s signature poetic lyricism. Also serving as Peppermint Town’s closer, “Ocean” encapsulates the profound, heartfelt nature of My Life as Ali Thomas’ artistry.
The band shared the following about Peppermint Town: “Peppermint Town is a second shot at making an album. We never thought that My Life as Ali Thomas would have come this far, this band wouldn’t have a second chapter if it weren’t because of our fans and friends who believe in us, who brought us here. We feel that we owe it to them to truly be ourselves, be the best that we could be as artists; we owe it to the people who love to dream, and so we paint the dreams as wide and as free as we could. We wish that by showing courage, by being brave through our work that maybe it could inspire others, that we always have a choice in everything. All the artworks for this album are some proof that Thailand is filled with amazing artists. We wish for there to be more space for people who are creative, who share the same passion in the arts. The album cover is a painting of a fox, a cat and a rabbit; those are supposed to be us transformed into cartoons, because when we enter Peppermint Town, we leave everything behind. Peppermint Town is the time to be whatever we want to be.”