Lil Alice is the professional name of rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Anthony Miramontes. The Salt Lake City, Utah-based artist made his professional solo recording debut in 2019 with the EP “Desert Star.” That track introduced a multi-talented artist with a taste for atmospheric, downtempo beats and emotional melodic rhymes. Producing all his own music, Alice crafts ethereal soundscapes that set dreamy Emo Trap scenes for his personal tales of love and heartache.
Before launching his solo career, Lil Alice worked as a producer for other artists. Performing under the moniker Crow, he produced tracks for his friend Lil Lace. He first stepped to the mic three years ago for a project with his friend and frequent collaborator, Lil Lace. Since stepping into the spotlight, the prolific artist has produced a dozen solo singles as well as three full-length albums.
“Tears” is the brand new album from Lil Alice, released worldwide to all major streaming services on May 20, 2022. A dramatic and melancholy love poem opens the record and sets the mood. The poem ends with the phrase, “I had a dream about you.” The phrase is a recurrent theme on the ethereal 12-track collection.
From the sing-song melody of “Little Cottonwood ” to the ambient synths and found sounds of “Montauk,” Lil Alice paints hypnagogic sonic scenes of loving and longing. Airy synths float about Trap beats on romantic tracks like “Starlight” and “Run Away.” Indie Pop/Rock guitars paint the edges of the mix on tracks like “SMH” and “Cinderella.” Throughout the record, Lil Alice delivers melodic and often hypnotic rhymes. He pines for, revels in and dreams of love.
Check out the video for the beautiful “Evil Dead” video featuring Eclypse on vocals, below. You can also hear that song and “SMH” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist, or listen to the entire album on your favorite streaming service. We had the opportunity to chat with Lil Alice about the new record. Check out his answers to our 8 questions. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist. Get on his socials and get in the loop on all of the music to come from this talented and prolific producer.
8 Questions with Lil Alice
Where are you from?
I’m from a couple states but I currently am based out of SLC, Utah.
How long have you been making music?
I started producing when I was 16, and then began songwriting and singing since I was 19, so about 8 years now.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
For this project and most, I did all the production, writing, recording, and mixing by myself. All features are my friends, but I do the process A-Z.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences are Sahbabii, The Weeknd, and my “bandmate” Lil Lace.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
My greatest non-musical influences are probably horror movie directors in general, and forests. I take a lot of inspiration from the peacefulness of nature and the storytelling in films.
What inspired you to create this project?
For this project, and like my others, my relationships with my friends and lovers inspired it. All the things I go through with them, all the memories we made, and every word spoken between us. I wanted to make this project brighter compared to my first album “Sighs,” and it came together exactly how I wanted. It still has it’s bleaker moments, on songs like “Wedding Cake” and “Twilight,” but those tracks still feel more hopeful than my previous album.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
My plans for the future are unknown, because I don’t know what is going to inspire me then. I could go through a million different changes in life, and I hope my listeners accept whoever I become.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I just want to say Tears out now, Coven forever, and never let anyone keep you from doing what you love. Thank you for listening. 🤍