Aly & AJ have spoken about how they pushed past their writers block to arrive at their brand new record, With Love From.
The duo - made up of sister Aly & AJ Michalka - return with their fifth record, their first in two years since 2021's glorious New Wave-influenced A Touch Of The Beat Gets You Up On Your Feet, Gets You Out And Then Into The Sun, their first official LP in over a decade.
But whereas A Touch Of The Beat...saw Aly & AJ combine their indie-rock sensibilities with soaring pop melodies, With Love From sees them expanding and deepening their craft, turning away from unabashed pop and into a more Americana-leaning sphere, heavily influenced by the work of Fleetwood Mac.
But as the duo told Jess Iszatt on last night's episode of The Record Club with Bowers & Wilkins, the album actually took shape for them following a period of writers block.
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"I'm blown away by the journey," AJ said, "because Aly and I took a really long break from music [the duo returned after a ten year hiatus as Aly & AJ in 2017] and this really is like a renaissance for our music."
Aly elaborated: "Everyone obviously experiences writers block at certain times, but since we started new music, it's been this constant flow of inspiration. Just coming into our own as adult women is much different than when we were making records as teens, and that only helps the songwriting."Designed as a book club for albums, The Record Club in association with Bowers & Wilkins is a bi-monthly livestream, hosted by BBC Music’s Jess Iszatt, on Facebook Live, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube Live every other Wednesday.
Fans are encouraged to order the selected album from their favourite local record shop either in-store or on home delivery, listen to it in full, then tune into the broadcast armed with their questions for the artist and a chance to win a prize.
With Love From is out now via AWAL.