The irrepressible Alexa Wiley returns with Poet of Empty Spaces, her latest album on the Red Newt label, that overflows with metaphorical wisdom and a musical energy honed through years of live performances throughout the Northwest.
Beginning with the jazzy lament of “Northside” and continuing through the rocking harmonics of the title track and beyond, Alexa’s new album captures the listener in a world colored with sharp songwriting, the musical textures of accomplished accompaniment, and the master crafting of producer Gregg Williams.
Each song brims with Alexa’s vision of love, nature, lost opportunities, missteps, and the profound places found within the complexity of human endeavors. Be prepared to love Alexa’s unforgettable voice, the exquisite guitar work of Bret Malmquist and the varied genre explorations contained within this mature sonic effort.
Alexa Wiley represents many perspectives in her songs and her music is inspired by a deep care for her community and a connection to our shared place. Alexa’s first major foray into inspired artistic collaboration was the co-produced Salmon Nation Artist Project.
As a lover of the Columbia River, Alexa often donates performances for Columbia Riverkeeper. Her anti-LNG song is featured in Columbia Crossings: Oregon Faces America’s Energy Future, a documentary of the long fight in Oregon against proposed liquefied natural gas terminals.
Currently through her ongoing collaboration with fisher-poet Dave Densmore, Alexa teams her melodic timbre with Dave’s rough and real poetry to capture moments of transcendent relevance in a show they call For the Love of Fish. Alexa and Dave’s blend of artistic virtues form a complementary lyrical dialogue addressing the difficult environmental choices facing our contemporary Northwest community.
Eating That Way, Alexa’s first recording on Red Newt, explored the oftentimes melancholy world of spiritual crossroads and has a rich acoustic feel. Poet of Empty Spaces, conversely, bristles with an authentic electricity incomparable within today’s musical landscape. Alexa connects to the listener through an undeniable charm and a uniquely beautiful voice transforming the audience with lyrical content and musical resonance. The combination of poetic sensibility and an innate feel for a song’s shape produces the remarkable and recognizable sound of an Alexa Wiley song.