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Future Is Now: Alex the Astronaut


Future Is Now: Alex the Astronaut

For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.

SOUNDS LIKE: Slice-of-life storytelling with one foot in the folk past and another in the sonic future

FOR FANS OF: Woodwater-era the Promise Ring, Courtney Barnett's lyrics, Paul Kelly

WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Currently splitting her time between her hometown of Sydney and Long Island University, where she's studying maths and physics on a soccer scholarship, Alex Lynn – the Astronaut monicker was her private Soundcloud name, which she ended up adopting – grew up obsessing over artists such as Paul Kelly, Cat Stevens and David Bowie. Kelly's storytelling in particular struck a chord, as she recounts in the lyrics to "i believe in music": "For my 7th birthday, I was given a CD player, and I played Paul Kelly again and again and again." Now Lynn's own music is capturing people's imagination, with swoonsome first single "Already Home" receiving high rotation on Triple J, and music goers in the clubs and cafes of New York falling under her spell. A gig at legendary Greenwich Village venue The Bitter End is the subject of the song "Rock Star City". "It was really exciting but I realised I was playing in New York and it was all a bit overwhelming," smiles the 22-year-old.

SHE SAYS: "I guess I chose [the name] 'cause I'm interested in physics, and I'm a bit of an explorer-type person, I like learning new things, so that suits the whole astronaut thing."

HEAR FOR YOURSELF: The earworm melodies and vibrant storytelling of "Rock Star City", from her self-titled debut EP, due in March.


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