“Conversational directness, instantly memorable melodies and utter lack of pretension.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Alex the Astronaut says she likes telling “little stories” but the gravity of her music is bigger than that. Some of her observations are wry and playful; others candid and poignant. All of them capture the ordinary and extraordinary of everyday life. Her songs have a way of landing at just the right moment, be that penning lyrics decrying billionaires for president in the lead up to Donald Trump’s election or delivering anthems about self-acceptance while the nation debates marriage equality. Bringing it all to life are the bright melodies and plucked guitar of her heart-swelling, folk-inflected pop.
‘Not Worth Hiding’ arrived as Australia was debating marriage equality and became the unofficial anthem of the Vote Yes movement. It was played by none other than Elton John on his Beats 1 radio show and ranked at 23 in tastemaking radio station triple j’s Hottest 100, the publicly voted poll of the best songs of the year. Since then Alex has again made airwaves with the singles ‘Waste of Time’ and then ‘Happy Song’, the crowd favourite that’s even had politicians sing-a-long to the chorus on the national news.
2017 also saw Alex share two EPs, To Whom It May Concern and See You Soon. On both releases she uses sprawling narratives and rich vignettes to detail the minutiae of daily life: the sight of her home city in winter, growing up, talking to her mum, bus rides, the tyranny of distance and her love of making music. Alex is as gifted in the areas of sports and academia as she is in music: you might have seen her train with the Greater Western Sydney Giants Australian Rules Football Club, or pen articles about outer space for the science publication Cosmos Magazine.
Alex the Astronaut is ready to step into the next chapter of her career. Her talents might be out of this world, but her music is honest, profound and firmly down to earth.
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