Tilt-A-Whirl is just one of the dreamy singles from Los Angeles-based outfit ALYESKA’s Crush EP. Singer Alaska Reid’s vocals are like a honeycomb blossoming in a sweet cloud of dream-pop and gritty guitars. She looks back on young love with a whimsical flare like the late nights enveloped by bright lights and the breeze of a ferris wheel in the distance, seamlessly conjuring flashbacks to your own teenage years. For the single, she explained:
“Tilt-A-Whirl” is an ode to the small county fair in my town. My friends and I would look forward to going every year, we’d see boys we had crushes on, and scream about the creepy carnies or the way your feet turned black with dirt in your yellow flip flops. We would giggle uncomfortably at the porno posters the carnies hung in their booths and the rotting state of their teeth. And then there were the rides — The Zipper, The Hurricane and my favorite, the Tilt-A-Whirl. The dirt in the midway was pocked with pools of vomit and discarded glow sticks and the carnies would spray you with giant squirt guns, trying to lure you into playing their game.… It was sort of a running joke, that it was your “coming of age” if you got squirted in the chest by the carnies. I just wanted to convey the sparkle and the excitement of when I was young against the neon glow of the county fair as well as the grit and the darkness lurking around the edges.