Alex The Astronaut Launches New Single “I Think You’re Great” + SXSW
January 23, 2020 BY Nettwerk
Sydney singer/songwriter/storyteller Alex The Astronaut shares her new single and accompanying video, “I Think You’re Great,” ahead of SXSW and a busy year of new releases in 2020.
Riding into town with a slacker rock riff, Alex’s new single is a shout out to a cherished friendship and a recognition of the need to check in on each other, opening up conversations and supporting friends through thick and thin. In the video, Alex waits tables at a Melbourne café, while the terrible Australian brushfires flash into view on the news channel above. “You don’t always have to smile/ You don’t only have to cry at night,” Alex sings. “I’ll be there again and again/ Because I think you’re great.”
A talented soccer player, Alex Lynn moved from Sydney to New York on a soccer scholarship in 2017 and studied Math and Physics at Long Island University. It was while she was in the US that she turned a streak of bold new life experiences into heart-swelling, folk-inflected pop songs under the name Alex the Astronaut. On her first EP, To Whom It May Concern, the track “Already Home” was an epistle from the streets of NYC: “there’s billionaires for presidents / And parking fines at hospitals.”
It was followed up by “Not Worth Hiding,” a frank letter to her 16-year old self about gender and sexuality. An unofficial anthem of the Australian Gay Marriage referendum, it became one of Triple Js hottest tracks of the year and was endorsed by Elton John on his Beats 1 show. She closed 2018 with a crowd pleaser and festival favorite “Happy Song,” and 2019 saw her release the single “I Like to Dance” and tour Europe with fellow Australian’s Hollow Coves.
From just two years ago when she was demoing ideas in a New York dormitory and simply “wanting to be good enough to write songs,” she’s now commanding packed rooms and confidently honing her craft. Along the way, Alex has taken her music to the stages of international festivals like The UK’s Great Escape, Primavera Sound in Spain and Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival. For Alex the Astronaut, the universe is quickly expanding.
Alex The Astronaut will appear at SXSW, followed by dates with label mates Didirri and Jack River in Los Angeles (March 24th @ The Bootleg), Brooklyn (March 26th @ Baby’s All Right), and Toronto (March 27th @ The Drake).
“I Think You’re Great” is available everywhere now via Nettwerk worldwide excl. Australia/New Zealand (AWAL). Stay tuned for more news and music from Alex The Astronaut.