My name is Alec Mallia, and in 2020 Autosuggest was a band, recording and beginning to release our second album Introhedonism despite the chaos that’s left all of us altered.
Towards the end of that year, I met someone that was a bolt from the blue. They were an addictive, fun and beautiful person — the anomaly of my year.
It didn’t last, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with what I’ve come to understand now as the values they represented to me, in particular a lust for life that I thought I’d lost to abuse and to a pandemic.
Whether it was healthy or not, I obsessed over that time, and as our lives got stranger I threw myself into writing over and over again about these moments.
My friend and collaborator since I was 18, bassist Jack McFarlane, moved on from the group, and I was solidified in pouring myself into my idea in isolation. The bittersweet sounds that I wished I could have tapped into when I first was inspired to create music by New Order and INXS were now not only obtainable through the skills I’d developed, but were the perfect and intimate vessel to translate how I felt.
When I first started, I had the feeling but not the knowledge to express it. Years down the track, this is exactly the record I longed to make, to express my feelings about a time and a person I adored, and the culmination of becoming the person I hoped I could be. It would not have been possible without every single person who helped me in the last decade.
Every Kind Of You.
Highlight Track: Nothing Is Fine
The project’s first foray into orchestral sounds, And a grand opening for the record. It frames the experiences of us all in facing personal reckonings amongst the torrents of everyday information that we must navigate, and centres on my personal fight to remember what I love.