American singer-songwriter and producer Alex Isley has released a new song, “Square Zero” off her new album, “Marigold”, in collaboration with Grammy nominated producer, writer, and engineer Jack Dine.
The Wilton EP, which Isley and Dine released in 2019, served as a prelude to “Marigold”. Marigold is also Isley’s first album in its entirety since Luxury, which she released in 2015.
Isley released her self-produced debut EP The Love Art/Memoirs in 2012. Okayplayer reviewed the EP positively: “please believe Alex’s lush vocals over her own calming production is capable of spawning a generation of love babies much like “Between The Sheets” did.”
Isley described her music as r&b with hip hop and jazz influences. Samantha Callender of Essence referred to her voice as “silky smooth vocals that ride neo-soul melodies.” Alex Isley has collaborated with artists such as 9th Wonder on the track “Rain Clouds”; Chromonicci on “Interstellar”; and Christian Kuria on “Toroka.”
In November 2019 she released the joint EP Wilton with producer Jack Dine. In May 2020 Isley performed a concert for NPR’s Tiny Desk series. That year she was also a featured vocalist for the Cautious Clay track “Reaching”, on the soundtrack for Insecure’s fourth season.
Isley and Dine have been releasing tracks on a regular basis over the previous few years. Gone was released in 2020, as was Good & Plenty featuring Masego, and Mine in 2020. In 2021, they released “Good & Plenty (Remix)” with Lucky Daye and Masego, as well as “Still Wonder” with Robert Glasper.
Marigold is a nine-song album. Only “Love Again” and “Still Wonder,” which had previously been released, made the final edit.