Alexandra Lost is the brainchild of Jane Ehrhardt and Simon Paradis, two veterans of the Quebec City music scene armed with vintage synthesizers and well-crafted verse. Ehrhardt and Paradis are partners in both music and life. Together, they have nearly four decades of accumulated experience in the realms of independent music.
The band’s new single “Modern Feelings” is a bright, bouncy track that brings together orchestral pop and smooth funk. It’s been paired with a summery video with touches of psychedelia.
Listen to “Modern Feelings” and check out our exclusive interview below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your latest single, “Modern Feelings”?
Simon: I was bored one day and made this funk beat on my laptop. Then for some reason I added this very short orchestra hit sound that I had sampled from an old French chanson record, and it seemed to make it come alive. Jane was super inspired by the beat. The title “Modern Feelings” came from nowhere; for some reason I thought it just sounded cool, like what is a modern feeling? As opposed to an out-of-date feeling, I guess? This made us laugh, but it also felt like a really serious question.
How do you think your community has contributed to your success?
Jane: There is a very close-knit music community in Québec City that we are proud to be a part of. From providing rehearsal and studio spaces to playing on one another’s albums; from sharing contacts and equipment to organizing shows, this community has been essential to creating an environment in which a band like ours can evolve.
What was the first thing that got you interested in music?
Jane: As a child, my parents’ record collection! In junior high school, I got really into grunge and 90s Britpop and started my first band playing Elastica covers.
Simon: I actually started out trying to play the music from Super Mario games on one of those cheap keyboards you can buy from electronic stores. So I guess video games, and also my parents’ record collection.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
Simon: We try not to think too much about the way a song gets made, so as a result, the process is a bit all over the place! To start writing songs for this upcoming album, we went to a friend’s cabin deep in the woods to try to focus on musical ideas, which can be pretty hard to do these days.
What advice would you give other musicians?
Jane: It’s healthy to put a certain distance between yourself and your music. Your music is something you do, it is not you. Seek out constructive criticism; it will help you to become better at what you do, and the earlier you learn not to take it personally, the better.
How did it feel when you released this new music?
We were really looking forward to releasing “Modern Feelings” in particular, because we’ve been very excited about it from the start! So it feels good to share something that we’re so excited about!
And finally, if you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
Damon Albarn, because we are both huge fans!