CAMDEN — Presenting a fearless navigation through the bewilderment and search for meaning amidst a battle against mental illness, “It Stole Myself From Me” is the latest feature length release from Alice Limoges and her most ambitious work to date.

A work of arresting honesty, eight original compositions bring audiences along Limoges’ path from Maine to New York, where she wrestled with bipolar, feelings of isolation in a bad relationship, and losing her ability to play music due to a hand injury. The upbeat final track, “Yellowstone,” acts as a prelude to her escape from New York and seeking what truly makes her happy.

These themes track the arc of the events in Limoges’ own journey in recent years. Her time working in New York has left a deep musical impact on “It Stole Myself From Me,” which features collaborations with a SUNY Purchase professor, a Broadway drummer, and the members of Limoges’ former touring band. Many of the songs were released as singles and almost every song on the album is accompanied by music videos, featuring scenes that have been filmed at various locations between New York and Maine.  The record was six years in the making, the first song written in 2015. The strings for “Daydreams” were recorded a week before she left Maine due to the pandemic in March 2020 and additional drums, mixing, and mastering were completed remotely.

The pandemic ultimately led her back to her hometown in Midcoast Maine. The return to the freedom and beauty of small town life led Limoges to confront her own struggles with bipolar disorder and blossom anew as an independent artist. Since her return, she has been self producing two new records, which she uploads to Patreon, a monthly subscription based service where the audience can directly support artists.

Originally from Rockport, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist left for college in New York City, graduating from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor of Music in Studio Composition and spent the next seven years growing in the area with her unique brand of jazz-infused folk rock. She has toured festivals and venues across the Northeast, and also recorded instrumentals for Jon Samson’s Grammy-winning children’s music album.

Post COVID-19, those experiences have given her the skills to evolve into a truly independent artist, recording and producing her own original materials from her new base in Maine. She teaches music lessons, plays concerts at festivals and other venues, and teaches a weekly online songwriting class.

Listen to “It Stole Myself from Me” wherever you stream music; visit ffm.to/itstolemyselffromme.