Indies only LP – opaque yellow vinyl
I Love You Like A Brother is the highly anticipated album from Melbourne’s Alex Lahey, out via Dead Oceans. An infectious debut that shines with a rare confidence, a riotous record, packed with relatable fuzz-pop gems.
After finishing school, Lahey initially went to university to study jazz saxophone, but unimpressed with “learning music in such a regimented way” she switched to an arts degree. While studying, Alex cut her teeth as a member of cult party collective Animaux, which allowed her restlessly rebellious streak to flourish. She began to form the blueprint for her own solo material by writing songs inspired by the two people she considers the greatest songwriters of all time, Dolly Parton and Bruce Springsteen, whilst retaining the punk spirit of her first musical outing.
These songs found themselves on her first solo EP, the acclaimed B-Grade University, which included the single You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me; a mainstay on Australian radio, landing on triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 of 2016. The song’s universal tale of rejection took Lahey global - its message, she says, is the flip-side of the usual break-up scenario: Yeah, you’re right. It’s not me. It IS you.
This no-shit-taken attitude forms the backbone of I Love You Like A Brother as evidenced by the uproarious opening track Every Day’s The Weekend. Throughout the album’s ten songs, Alex’s lyrics move between wry witticism to heartbreaking poignancy. Despite the instant pop chops of I Love You Like A Brother, there’s introspection, self-doubt and a sense of working out the complexities of growing up in this limbo period between youth and adulthood.
The themes of Alex Lahey’s album might be universal, but it’s the unique approach she takes unpacking them that’s earned her millions of Spotify streams, buzz-worthy showcases at SXSW and festival sets alongside the likes of Flume, The Kills, At The Drive-In and James Blake as well as guesting on tours with Tegan & Sara and Blondie.
1 Every Day's the Weekend
2 I Love You Like a Brother
3 Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder
4 I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself
6 Awkward Exchange
7 I Want U
8 Lotto in Reverse
9 Let's Call It a Day
10 There's No Money
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