Naomi Alligator, the project of Los Angeles-based songwriter and multi-media 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 sparse and confessional qualities of Liz Phair’s early portastudio recordings, James uses the project as her own musical journal to share and process personal anecdotes. Her modern folk production and poetic songwriting links the sounds of artists like Joan Baez and Steeleye Span to a 21st-century context.
“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.
Of the video she says “I made this video on a rainy summer day. It serves as a farewell letter to my life in Virginia. A week after I finished shooting the video, I moved to California. While I was editing and looking back on clips to include, I kept returning to the funny and loving clips I captured of my family before I left.”
Concession Stand Girl is available for pre-order now and due October 29th via Carpark Records.
Photo Courtesy: Julia Leiby