There is no-one making music like Alex Lahey in Australia right now.
That’s a big call, but think about it. Lahey treads the line between singer-songwriter, pop and indie-rock, whilst delivering lyrics that are relatable and easy to digest, all the while being a person that doesn’t hold back her clever, yet stoic personality.
Quite simply, the whole package.
With the huge success of her debut EP, 2016’s B-Grade University, an album was always going to be an anticipated event and Lahey bats away that pressure like it’s a fly and delivers in spades.
From the first banging number, Every Day’s The Weekend, we get the tempo and the mood right out there. This album is fun, fast-paced and every track tells a sparkling story of her life that brings us closer to feeling like you’re besties.
You could argue that Lahey is treading into punk territory with the title track, followed by Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder clocking in at just 2:15. Lahey doesn’t waste time in her songs. The lyrics come in early, quick and easy to hear, and it’s endearing.
Backpack, the first slower paced song comes in halfway through the album and gives Lahey a chance to explore different sonic styles. The artist and her producer, Oscar Dawson (Holy, Holy), attended the same high school and used the location to record instruments for the track. They create a cacophony of sound from various instruments that contribute to making this track a highlight.
The second half of this ten track album shows that Alex Lahey is treading into more diverse territory, and that’s exciting. Awkward Exchange’s verse bounces into a pre-chorus that will dance around your head for days, but has a choral break-down using the standard “Woah, oh, oh”s in a clever way.
This album explores love in its many forms. Family, friends, lovers and life. Every song has a way of drawing you in. Maybe it’s the honest lyrics, Alex’s relaxed, Aussie-drawl delivery or the banging guitar sound. It all… just… works.
The last three tracks of the album get a little darker and introspective, exploring tougher times and relationships. Lotto In Reverse explores the devastation of a long-distance break-up, a topic revisited in Let’s Call It A Day.
“I don’t want to see where this could go,” again showcasing Lahey’s honesty.
I Love You Like A Brother is a success from any angle, and with a debut album that has so much self-assurance, honesty and smart production, it’s exciting to imagine where Alex Lahey is heading.
Lahey wrote the last song on the album specifically to leave you in a calmer, reflective state, and she succeeds. There’s No Money, despite being the antithesis of the start of the album, leaves us relaxed but wanting more. Ten songs is not enough, but one gets the feeling there’s plenty more where that came from.
Released: 6 October, 2017 via Nicky Boy Records / Caroline Australia