Alli Bean is looking for answers with her soulful new single Twenty Questions — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The latest release from the Victoria jazz-pop singer-songwriter’s album Outside Voice, Twenty Questions features a funky, head-bopping groove, saucy and soulful vocals, and a chill chorus over rollicking piano. Framed as a series of increasingly probing queries for her lover, it wonders — in a detached and curious way — why the guy is such a damn narcissist.
Recorded in its entirety in Bean’s tiny home studio during the pandemic, Outside Voice is “a culmination of works created along a personal growth journey,” Bean divulges. “We go through life making moves, and choices aren’t always conscious. By chasing people and seeking external validation, we find ourselves in dicey situations, leading us astray from what matters.
“When I realized I had this issue, I turned inward and began really asking myself what I was relentlessly pursuing — what did I need to let go of in order to find it? In that process, I said goodbye to a lot of habits and ideas that got in the way.”
Bean is an award-winning songwriter and vocalist. Drawing influence from a multitude of artists including Wynton Kelly, Horace Silver, Fiona Apple and Amy Winehouse, her compositional style leans toward the bluesy, funky side of the street, with a twist of jazz and a dash of sass for good measure.