Alex Lahey’s debut album, I Love You Like a Brother brings you 10 impeccably sculpted tracks. Emerging from halfway around the world – the brutally honest stories remain entirely intact. I was introduced when scrolling through Facebook one evening, resulting in me stumbling across her first record. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter hailing from Melbourne, Australia took me by surprise when I first heard her album – having not heard any of her previous material.

After hearing Every Day’s the Weekend which is, primarily, a very fast and upbeat track with the pace barely ceasing at any point in the song, I was easily persuaded to peruse the 9 remaining songs. As I gradually worked through each track, I began to appreciate how talented she is at establishing a stellar image as an artist, with the tracks still being extremely rewarding to listen to on countless occasions.

Lahey touches on various subjects ranging from narratives of romance in Every Day’s the Weekend and of family in I Love You Like a Brother. In the albums titular track, she admits, “you know me better than I give you credit” – a clear demonstration of the emotional baggage that fuels the passion for her craft. All of this accumulates to show that, despite only being 25 years of age, she has lived through some trying scenarios but has grown and learned from each one of them.

After listening to the album from start to finish multiple times, it still shocks me that this album is a debut. She appears so confident and at ease within her own stylings, whilst illustrating her story throughout the hyperactive melodies, simultaneously touching on subjects that the masses can relate to. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she gained a lot of traction following the release of this LP.

November UK Tour
  1. Boston Music Room, London
  2. Louisiana, Bristol
  3. Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
  4. The Deaf Institute, Manchester
  5. King Tut’s Wah Hut, Glasgow

4/5 Bytes.

Daniel Baker

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