“The second single...reveals a piece of the singer-songwriter's soul; "Regret" paints an intimate portrait of what went wrong in a relationship, what could have been.”
–Popdust (on “Regret”)
Filled with soulful instrumentation, vulnerable lyrics and tender melodies, Moda Spira releases her sophomore album Divorce. The project of singer-songwriter Latifah Alattas, it is an album marked by deep emotional honesty as it takes you on a sonic journey through the deterioration of Alattas’s marriage. To accompany the album, Alattas has released a podcast series. Each episode sees Alattas dissect a song from the album with producer Luke Brawner and co-host Aaron Hale, and is deeper examination of the pain, grief and healing process that resulted from the dissolution of her marriage. This podcast is as brutally raw and honest as it sounds, but was an important step in the healing process for Alattas to walk through the pain with the overall goal of putting the series into the world to help other people heal.
The episodes are dedicated to the making of a song on the record as well as the emotional story of her last year. Listen on Apple Music HERE and Spotify HERE.
“Emotional melodies float softly above an undeniably jazz-influenced, bass-led composition, coming to a head with the introspective and intimate lyric “Well you pulled the trigger / I didn’t know that you would ever.” The song leaves you with no true closure, “How do you explain?” hauntingly repeated to end the heartfelt serenade to the finality of something once held so dearly.”
- Two Story Melody (on “Bang”)
For Alattas, it was not an option to bury her pain, self-medicate or retreat deep into her own mind. Instead, she decided the best way to face her suffering, was to channel it into a radically personal and revealing work of art. These songs served as her guiding light through a dark and uncertain time in her life. The album kicks off with a haunting cover of “Ring of Fire” that showcases Alattas’s incredible vocals and sets the somber, yet electrifying tone for the record. It also includes “Four Letter Word,” a more R&B-tinged track and “Bang” that weaves the feeling of discovering infidelity into a jazzy, orchestral sound.
The album is now available digitally and on 180 gram white vinyl HERE. The accompanying podcast is made up of 13 episodes, each episode about a song on the record, in addition to a prologue and epilogue. On the podcast Alattas, who co-produced the record with Dave Wilton, gives listeners insight into her painful story with raw transparency and emotion as she explains the story behind each track.
Alattas began writing under the moniker of Moda Spira with the goal of exploring intimacy in all of its beauty. In latin, Moda Spira translates to “the continual act of breathing,” so like loving, breathing is something essential to our daily existence.
When the Nashville-based artist isn’t writing her own music, she works as a producer and engineer (a field in which women are few and far between) and has produced albums for indie artists, including A Boy & His Kite, helping them place “Cover Your Tracks” on the soundtrack for Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II. Her songs have also been featured on One Tree Hill, The Gates, Lifetime films and The House at the End of the Street. She has also composed incidental music for MTV and E! Moda Spira is her return to solo performing. In addition to Moda Spira, Alattas has a long resume that includes time as a solo artist and work with Page CXVI, a band that reinterprets traditional hymns, the indie rock band Autumn Film and Sola-Mi, an experimental trio.
Fans can be first to experience Divorce in a live setting as Alattas brings it out on the road supporting Liz Vice.
TOUR DATES w/ Liz Vice
10/25 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
10/26 The Bartlett Spokane, WA
10/27 Aladdin Theatre Portland, OR
10/28 HiFi Music Hall Eugene, OR
11/1 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, CA
PODCAST: APPLE MUSIC / SPOTIFY
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