SOLD KINGDOM (formerly Alexandra Rising) is the solo project of L. Alexandra Manuel. Piano-dominant, slow-burning observational chamber pop with existential fixations, a glittery varnish, and a mild-mannered acidity. Sold Kingdom is currently based in Charlottesville but originated from the humming woods, sprawling crop fields, and smokestack haze of rural, south-central VA.

The Sold Kingdom has (temporarily) turned purple! I am currently working on my next full-length album, Amethyst Deceiver, scheduled for release in October 2022! #toxicbynurture

I apparently found yarn especially appetizing that day.

In the meantime, check out my 2021 release Best Dead Masterpiece, available for free download on BandCamp.

I have always been preoccupied with the theme of control. What we do to maintain it. The thrill and terror of relinquishing it. Delusions of having it in the first place. My resulting entanglements have taught me, if nothing else, that Stevie knew what was up when she warned, “Rulers make bad lovers. Better put your kingdom up for sale.


(You can still revisit my former project, Alexandra Rising, on YouTube, ReverbNation, or most other major digital music outlets.)