Alex the Astronaut is 2017’s answer to Alex Lahey.
An Australian girl with enchanting storytelling and a musical ear to go with it? Tick.
With just a few tracks released, everyone is kicking up a fuss about Alex the Astronaut right now.
A warm, fuzzy feeling of overcoming the terrible stage fright present in every performer’s life is captured over three and a half minutes of charming folk rock in ‘Rockstar City’. This track describes a particular show that Alex Lynn played at a venue in Greenwich Village called The Bitter End, an establishment open since 1961 – making it New York’s oldest rock club and home to many legendary names over the years.
Alex the Astronaut’s storytelling lyrics sets the scene of New York through the eyes of an outsider, “Lunch in SoHo, NoHo, I don’t know, they’re all the same to me”. The song is very sweetly written in a conversational format with her mum, “Mum I sang in rockstar city / I think you’d be proud”. A nervous optimism is added through the fast-paced melody, the quaint piano notes and string instruments present towards the end of the track. It’s a satisfying follow up to her breakout single ‘Already Home’ which won praise left, right and centre.
She’ll have to get used to those “half-baked” crowds fast, with all her headline shows in Australia last month selling out.
Based in: Sydney, Australia.
Upcoming EP: To Whom It May Concern, out March 2017 via Minkowski Records.
Sounds like: Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin, Amy Shark.
Say what? Alex the Astronaut is studying maths and physics in New York, on a soccer scholarship. What hope is there for the rest of us.