REVIEW // Alex Lahey – Let’s Go Out

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Alex Lahey hit people’s radars earlier this year with that ear-worm of a song, ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’…

…Somehow turning a very convoluted sentence into one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard this year.

Alex Lahey is on a dream run of what I imagine are some mega goals just recently. She just won Josh Pyke‘s APRA AMCOS JP Partnership based off her knack for songwriting and business initiative, which sets her up with a mentorship program from Josh Pyke’s team as well as $7,500 worth of funding. To top that off, Pitchfork also just named ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’ as its Best New Track. This gal is kicking goals.

“Let’s Go Out” is her latest offering. Alex’s forlorn vocal delivery makes “going out and having fun tonight” sound very much like a chore, continuing on the juxtaposition between despondency and cheeriness in her music. The lyrics are clearly personally significant but humble and self-deprecating, “Hey, remember that time / That we slept together / And we just slept / And your best friend had a go at me / I don’t hold that against her”. She’s a cross between the mono-tonal, real-talk Courtney Barnett and the guitar-driven Ali Barter – who shares the same producer, Oscar Dawson.

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Making light of financial hardships through art like a true musician, the music clip is a perfect accompaniment to the suburban sound that Lahey champions. A slew of highly relatable references including killing off a Tamagotchi, watching The OC DVD boxsets, eating “Geometric Snacks” and playing Guitar Hero makes it a heart-warming watch.


THE BREAKDOWN:

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.
Sounds like: Courtney Barnett, Verge Collection, Ali Barter.
Say what? Alex Lahey “enjoys cats, Coopers Sparkling, her blue 1999 Corolla, Allen’s Party Mix, fuzz pedals and soft poached eggs“.

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