With playful lyrics, warm harmonies and her signature, lilting voice, Alannah Moar has cultivated a rawness in her music that will stick with you. From the age of fourteen, Alannah has been writing and performing her own material; teaching herself guitar and later finding her footing in the local folk scene of Aberdeenshire. Since relocating to Edinburgh, Alannah has spent time developing her sound, working alongside the likes of Berta Kennedy, Matthew Alexander and Gus Harrower. In Alannah’s latest release, she wears her heart firmly on her sleeve. Middle of the Night reads like a diary, depicting an explosive revenge fantasy on a cheating partner. The Fountain caught up with Alannah to discuss her new music and plans for later in the year.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Middle of the Night?
So far, the reception has been great – the single isn’t even out yet, and I’m getting positive feedback which is super exciting. Since my last single, I’ve spent a lot of time “finding myself” musically – figuring out what I want to sound like, how I want to present myself and where I want to fit in. I think people can hear that in Middle of the Night; I definitely didn’t have quite the same buzz in the run-up to the last release.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
A driving indie-folk-pop revenge fantasy that says everything you ever wanted to scream at your cheating ex!
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year after this release?
I’m going to release more singles this year. I’ve been sitting on so much material for so long that it’s high time I started re-working what I already have! I think I’ve finally realised that my music isn’t the kind that suits being “picture perfect” – it works best when it’s a little rough around the edges so I can stop stressing about whether or not the mix is “just right” and just get it out there. I have a few lined up for after Middle of the Night, so watch this space! I’m also desperate to get gigging again, so I’m hoping to play venues ASAP.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live? Where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
I think my favourite venue was the Caves – it’s got such a fantastic ambience both on stage and off. I remember that we had a lot of fun exploring the place before we did our set and, when we did play, we felt so at home there. It’s not really a gig as such, but once everything re-opens, and it’s safe to do so, I literally cannot WAIT to go to the Tuesday night jam at The Dog House! Our whole group of friends love it there – we’ll be elbowing our way to the stage for sure.