Premiere: Alcie Bela – Checkmate

Alcie Bela is a British singer songwriter who takes her cues from the likes of Marina, Daughter and Florence & The Machine. Her debut EP has just landed, as has the feature single from it, Checkmate. Hear it for the first time anywhere here on York Calling.

By Graeme Smith

Checkmate is the story of a man on the run. It explores the emotion of leaving everything behind through Alcie’s soulful vocals and a gently understated instrumental arrangement. The lyrics really bring the story to life. I was engrossed.

Alcie decided to start her solo career during lockdown, after a devastating house fire forced a relocation to France. Her debut EP is called Botanical Imaginations and is available in all the usual places. You can check out our premiere of Checkmate below.