Imbued with a wistful elegance, Alice Boman’s lilting, folk-infused dream-pop is sublimely ethereal and intimate. Having released her long-awaited debut album Dream On last month, she brings her atmospheric compositions to Union Chapel tonight. Ahead of the show, we caught up with Boman to talk snacks, The Office, and her dream gig. 

With her music, Boman holds a space of quietude and serenity within which her soft vocals glide dulcetly amongst melancholic piano melodies, shimmering instrumentation and hushed percussion. There’s a cinematic quality to Boman’s sounds as she paints vivid landscapes with her rich compositions. It makes sense, then, that cinema has greatly informed her music; “I think movies are the thing that inspire me the most in my songwriting,” she expresses. “There are movies that are so good and magnetic that you find yourself completely immersed into this other world, where you lose sense of time and place”. And this vibrant, enchanting magnetism is something that certainly applies to Boman’s music as well.

Ahead of playing Union Chapel tonight, get to know Alice Boman In Short…

Last photo on your phone…

A photo of my snack collection in the tour van. 

Favourite instagram account…

Right now it’s   @justhumansof or @historyphotographed  

The best venue I’ve played…

So hard to pick one.. In front of a river at a small Swedish festival called Gagnef. Or in a tent at Roskilde Festival. 

Earliest song you remember…

Bababababababababatman. If that’s not a song, then Bob Dylan’s ”I Want You” 

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Working as a cleaner. Not because of the task, I quite like to clean. But because of how some toilets looked….

Favourite food on tour…

Overnight oats! With lingonberries and tahini. Might sound strange, but great combo! 

My Favourite word…

KBK. It’s a Swedish expression kind of saying ”go, just go” but it doesn’t translate very well.

Things that cheer me up…

Watching ”The Office” (the American one..) or cooking a nice dinner while drinking a glass of natural wine. 

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Oh gosh I don’t know. Somewhere warm! Like a summers night. Outside. But still an intimate gig. 

I think you should listen to…

”Please Stay” with The Crying Shames 

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

I really would have loved to see Bowie live. Now living, I would say PJ Harvey

Alice Boman plays Union Chapel tonight, tickets here.

Photo credit: Märta Thisner