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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

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