Alex The Astronaut Releases Debut Album To Critical Acclaim + New Video For “Caught In The Middle”
August 21, 2020 BY Nettwerk
“It’s a dynamic, ambitious debut cut with a very human touch… Gut-led, emotionally driven and full of goosebump-inducing magic, ‘The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing’ cements Alex The Astronaut’s hype as one of the best rising artists around… this debut album is a work of genius” – NME (5 / 5 Stars)
“For fans of Courtney Barnett and positivity: this one from Australia’s Alex the Astronaut is a song we all need on our playlist.” – Refinery29 re: “I Think You’re Great”
“Alexandra Lynn is so adept at writing pop songs that capture the rush of young love, friendship, confusion, sadness and all those messy situations that dominate your early 20s” – The Guardian
“that’s the strength of Alex The Astronaut, her ability to make you relate, to catch you with a melody as you slowly realise a little part of yourself in the lyrics you’ve been subconsciously humming.” – The Line of Best Fit
Sydney, Australia-based singer, songwriter and storyteller Alex The Astronaut released her anticipated debut album The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing today via Nettwerk. Across ten heart-swelling, folk-infected pop songs, Alex grapples with the multitudes of life and emerges optimistic. Brought to life with upbeat melodies, plucked guitar and Alex’s signature vocals, the album is the work of a storyteller attuned to the world around her. She also shares a new Tatjana Hamilton-directed video for “Caught In The Middle.” In it, Alex hits the tennis court with Australian music legend and drummer from the influential band The Go-Betweens, Lindy Morrison. Stream The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing HERE and watch “Caught In The Middle” below.
“The Theory of Absolutely Nothing is ten stories that try to paint a picture of what the world looked like to me when I wrote them.” notes Alex. “I wanted the dark and the light to sit next to each other. I wanted listening to it to be kind of what it would be like to fly around and watch what all different people go through in one day.”
The album was co-produced by Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack and Daniel Hanson, mixed by Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey, Beth Orton) and written / recorded across an 18-month period between Australia and the UK. Throughout The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing, Alex takes listeners on a journey of love, loss, pain and change. She weaves a constellation of stories about the personal reckonings that come with growing up, as heard on the album’s previously released singles including “I Think You’re Great,” “Split the Sky,” “Lost” and “Banksia,” which have received praise from the likes of NPR Music, The Guardian, Refinery29, Brooklyn Vegan and FLOOD Magazine.
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.
Alex recently celebrated Pride month with performances on the Smithsonian’s Project Pride virtual celebrated and Pride.com’s virtual music festival PRIDE: INSIDE. She performed her 2017 song “Not Worth Hiding” an open letter to her 16-year-old self that details the journey to owning her sexuality, which arrived as Australia was debating marriage equality and became the unofficial anthem of the Vote Yes movement.
Alex the Astronaut has always had a supernatural knack for capturing human experience in song. On her debut album The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing, she grapples with the multitudes of life on a bigger scale than ever before and emerges optimistic.