Released as a way to welcome the new year, “Fake Fur Coat” by Alexandra Alden was written and released within the span of two weeks, a short turn-around time for such a sweetly sentimental track that is both cathartic and raw. Filled with sweet melodies and silky vocals, the track reflects the bittersweetness of endings and beginnings – how it feels to say goodbye to what is known in order to say hello to the new and exciting.
Alexandra Alden has lived in three different countries and moves houses at least once a year, not necessarily due to her own choice. For some reason, she can’t seem to stay in one place for too long. This could be due to extremely bad luck, or to the fact that fate chooses to push her in and out of moments of comfort and subsequently, discomfort. It’s in the midst of these transitions that Alexandra’s songs come to life, signaling the end of a chapter and the start of a new one.
Alexandra has won the Ad Van Meurs Prijs 2019 for “Het Mooiste Liedge” (most beautiful song) with her single “Darling.” She has also toured through Malta, Scandanavia, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands and has judged two consecutive seasons of Malta’s XFactor.
Leaning into her life experiences in “Fake Fur Coat,” Alexandra focuses the song’s theme on the transitory effect she has become accustomed to from all of her movement – the ebb and flow between comfort and discomfort. Underpinned by folk production, the song uses stripped-back and soothing guitar strums to create harmonic melodies with the ethereal vocals that flourish through the soundscape. The lyrics recall how long the year has felt, a sentiment which all of us can surely identify with. The track feels very light, especially with the mellow production and airy vocals, enhancing the feeling of impermanance that filters through the messaging. The track closes with the slightest crescendo to leave listeners with a sense of hopefulness and comfort.