Looking at photos of Allie X, you’re more likely to find her hidden behind statement sunglasses or peering cautiously over tilted frames than staring directly at you.
Relocating to Los Angeles from Toronto nearly five years ago, the pop singer-songwriter admits that she has always been “a bit of a loner” and didn’t date or think she was worthy of having a loving relationship until she was in her 20s.
She’s refreshingly forthcoming about her inner “rage and sadness” and the role they play in her music. “I’ve always written from a place of darkness—a place of release,” she says matter-of-factly. “Those feelings are really accessible to me, although they’re not always easy to find the perfect lyrics for.”
On 2017’s CollXtion II, Allie X’s mighty vocals tell more stories about heartbreak than carefree love, but the singer admits that lately she has been feeling a shift. “With my next body of work, I’ve been writing a little more about the good side of love,” she says. “I’ve been trying to write from a more personal, less abstract place, and maybe that’s why those feelings are coming out.” Her favourite love song: “Lovefool,” The Cardigans