Već sam ranije spomenuo kako je Australija u poslednjih nekoliko godina veoma muzički plodna: tu su Chet Faker, Flume ali i sjajni MOVEMENT, a sada potencijalno imamo i novo ime koje nam dolazi upravo iz Australije. Reč je muzičaru po imenu Alex Brittan, kog sam slučajno otkrio preko YouTube-a, a koji takođe ima i svoj debi Play Dead EP (koji možete u potpunosti poslušati dole), o kome će biti reči kasnije. Prvi put sam video Alexa pre nekoliko dana kako izvodi FENOMENALAN ukulele cover za pesmu Skin koju u originalu izvodi Grimes, a potom podjednako dobar cover za alt-J i njihov Tessellate, koje možete pogledati odmah ispod!
Alex Brittan: Play Dead EP 7.5/10
I’m fighting a war into your arms peva Alex, a potom nastavlja sa I trip up into your arms na prvoj pesmi njegovog debi EP-a, War, koji je u potpunosti snimljen u njegovoj sobi. Potom se nastavlja sve uz Freak You Out, koja odiše retro-funk-jazz koju možete da zamislite kako je slušate sa časom viskija u nekom pabu, i smatam da je ovo, možda i najbolja pesma (pre svega vokalno, ali i instrumentalno) na EP-u, koja na zanimljiv način opisuje odnos: I get so tired/ Trynna to talk to you/ You got me all in knots/ And all confused, a potom obrt Oh but if you take a chance with me/ I’ll make you see/ I’m a fun-loving guy with a knack for a rhyme/ And we’d have a really, really great time. U nešto sporijem tempu nastupa Lucky Boy, balada a takođe pesma koja pokazuje je Alex sposoban da kontroliše i dublje tonove i visoke tonove podjednako dobro, što sve skupa sa klavirom stvara idiličnu sliku, ljubavnu pesmu sa stihovima poput: I’m a slave to your charms ili If I’m Yours, are you mine?; Shipwreck kao pesma o kraju jednog (ili više, a videćete u intervjuu zašto) odnosa, I’m heading out…And though I’ll take my love for you/ This adventure wasn’t meant for two. Na kraju, možda najiskrenija, most heart-wretching song je svakako Oh my Lover, koja zatvara sasvim solidan debi EP, a koji predstavlja odličan mix žanrova kao što su indie-pop, soul, folk, ili kako je definisano na njegovom soundcloudu : folk-soul.
Kojim god žanrom definisali, činjenica je da Play Dead fenomenalan EP o odnosima, o pojedincu i okolini, osamostaljenju, a vi ga obavezno poslušajte kod nas.
Takođe, dole pročitajte interview koji smo uradili sa Alexom juče! 🙂
First of all, when did you learn to play ukulele, actually why ukulele? And what other instruments do you play?
Actually piano was my first instrument, which I’ve played since I was 6. I’m mostly a self-taught musician – I dropped piano lessons when I was 12 and taught myself after that. I picked up guitar a couple of years later, and ukulele I only started playing last year. I love the uke because it has such a simple, clear harp-like sound, and it can be surprisingly emotional.
How do you choose which songs you’ll cover?
I wish I could say I’m inundated with suggestions (if you have any, please don’t hesitate!). but I just pick songs that I’ve always liked, songs that I feel I could dramatically reinterpret, or songs that are challenging and intimidating to sing. When I picked Skin by Grimes, it was because I thought the main vocal melody was gorgeous, but also incredibly hard to sing. So I wanted to try it.
Do you write both lyrics and musi? What inspires you, ’cause I feel like every song is in a way a micro-universe for itself, but it also goes well with the rest, rounding it in a pretty good debut, so you can tell me maybe somethin about that?
At the moment I do! My EP was completely self-made in the sense that I wrote, arranged, recorded and mixed everything in my bedroom. I made the EP almost out of frustration… I didn’t have the money to record professionally. but I really wanted to put something out there, so I taught myself as much as I could about recording and did it over a couple of months. A lot of the EP is about the end of a relationship, and about the fear of stepping out into the world alone. I moved from one side of Australia to the other, and I had to leave someone special behind (as well as my family), so the EP turned into a bit of diary about my anxieties. I think you can definitely hear it in the last two songs; they’re both directly about leaving someone behind.
Do you have plans for LP any time soon?
No plans for a full-length album yet, but I am hoping to secure some funding and produce another EP (this time in a studio). I’ve written a collection of songs (all on ukulele this time) which are inspired by mythological figures. One of them is on youtube actually – Apollo’s Song. I hope the next EP will be more lyrical, more folky… and I’d like to experiment with more electronic instruments as well.
Sooo.. we have this tradition, signature sign-Top 5 lists! Everytime we interview someone we ask them do choose their top 5 for a specific subject. Since it’s almost Christmas, can you maybe tell me your Top 5 Christmas songs?
5. Ike and Tina Turner – Merry Christmas Baby
4. Sufjan Stevens – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
3. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
2. Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
1. The Kinks – Father Christmas