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Alice Smith - "Ocean" + New LP 'She'

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.Alice Smith displays here jazz hands

Grammy kid Alice Smith is one of our favorite singers (and, coincidentally, favorite people) in life. Which is why this brand-new single "Ocean" has got us in a good mood this Thursday afternoon, even in the absence of a real ocean. Although in some ways projecting a very different vibe than the songs on her debut album For Lovers, Dreamers & Me (did we mention it was nominated for a Grammy?) the melodic approach is the same. In a word: range. Smith's vocal prowess allows the song to morph from moody, even smoldering, guitar ballad to lilting Island pop on the chorus that is catchy to the point of being, dare I say? Rihanna-ish. Yet never is there a wrong note, sonically or emotionally. "Ocean" is the second leak from Alice's forthcoming sophomore LP, titled simply She and slated for release on March 19 via Rainwater/Thirty Tigers.  If you missed the first leak "Cabaret" (I think I did) find it below as well, along with a tracklisting for the new LP. If you're here in New York, Smith starts a live residency at Rockwood Music Hall at the end of this month--find dates here.

She tracklist:

1. Cabaret Prelude

2. Cabaret

3. Ocean

4. Another Love

5. The One

6. Shot

7. Loyalty

8. With You

9. Fool For You

10. Be Easy

11. She