(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2276: Alex Lahey

By on Tuesday, 31st January 2017 at 10:00 am

Header photo by Kane Hibbard

To say we’re getting inundated at TGTF Towers with emails and media related to SXSW 2017 is putting it mildly. It is, incredibly, now less than 2 months away. You’ll be pleased to know all of us here at TGTF are busy beavering away at plenty of amazing previews to get you geared up for the big week in Austin, which will post in due time ahead of the festivities in the Lone Star State. And don’t worry: even if you won’t be joining us in Texas from the 13th of March, there’ll be plenty of new music for you to sink your teeth into and feel like you’re right there with us. When we’ve got more than enough videos to go around, we’ll be posting them at odd hours outside of the usual Video of the Moment spots at 6 PM on weeknights. Melbourne, Australia’s Alex Lahey is just one of many new musical discoveries I’ve made personally while trawling through the ever-growing shout list.

Lazy journo comparisons are already being made between this young singer/songwriter and fellow Melbournian Courtney Barnett. True, they’re both extremely talented young ladies from the same city, but that’s where I find the similarities end. While Barnett favours the lo-fi and at times grating approach to her brand of rock, while also seeming perpetually bored, Alex Lahey’s manner seems more fun and more childish (in a good way). Her song ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’ cracked the triple j Hottest 100 this month, and it’s easy to see (and hear) why. If you live in the UK, you’re in luck: Canadian indie twins Tegan and Sara have picked Lahey as their support for their UK/Irish tour in February. The Aussie will also be touring in the U.S. before and after appearing at SXSW 2017; all her live dates for the next 2 months are listed here.

Less than 24 hours ago, she released a music video for ‘Wes Anderson’ and okay, so it does kinda sorta sound like Courtney Barnett. However, Barnett would be less likely to be hanging round town with a plywood friend. Makes you think of Blur‘s promo for ‘Coffee and TV’, and in a nice nostalgic way. And for its namesake, it shouldn’t really be any other way, should it? Watch the video from Alex Lahey for ‘Wes Anderson’ below, and stay tuned for my write-up on her as part of my best bets of the Aussie bands scheduled to showcase at this year’s SXSW coming soon.


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