Wildcard (week 50):
Alice Ivy – Wildlife

Annika Schmarsel was born in Germany in 1993, but emigrated to Australia with her parents in her youth. After studying for a music industry degree, she launched her music career in 2015 under the alias Alice Ivy. Since then, she released two albums: Iโ€™m Dreaming (2018) and Donโ€™t Sleep (2020). The latter landed her multiple ARIA Awards nominations and the Triple J award for Australian Album Of The Year.

When sheโ€™s not working on her own project. Schmarsel lends her songwriting and production skills to a variety of other artists, including Mallrat and Boo Seeka. She also made official remixes for the likes of E^ST, Luca Brasi, Japanese Wallpaper, Thelma Plum, The Rubens and PNAU.

In June 2023, Alice Ivy signed a global deal and announced her third studio album Do What Makes You Happy. Its first single Howlin’ At The New Moon featured Grammy-nominated soul singer Mayer Hawthorne. In fact, by far most of her songs include a featured singer. In that respect, her new single is a unique affair, as she lent her own vocals to it.

Wildfire was co-written by Pip Norman and multi-platinum Dutch singer-songwriter Dotan. Schmarsel explains: โ€œWe started out sampling my Omnichord (which you can hear all over my new album), added some acoustic guitar and got a cool little vibe going. Then we went into the archives and salvaged an old chorus from a song Pip had started with the incredible Dotan. I tweaked the melody and it worked like magic!โ€

The resulting song combines acoustic and electronic elements, a bit like a carefree Empire Of The Sun track with female vocals. Itโ€™s currently summer in Australia, but hopefully itโ€™ll bring out the sun in Europe as well!

Wildfire by Alice Ivy is the new Carte Blanche Music Wildcard. This implies that it will be prominently displayed at the top of the blog for an entire week.

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In the Wildcards 2023 playlist youโ€™ll find all of this yearโ€™s Carte Blanche Music Wildcards so far.

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