Call it an early-life crisis. Or growing pains. Alex Lynn is wondering about her place in the world, uncertain what to say, filled with self-doubt and unsure which direction to go. The album is peppered with references to her therapist. In Airport, she listens to a Phoebe Bridgers song, but switches it off “’cause I was jealous I didn’t make it”. In Haircut, she confides: “I’m still scared of the mean girls from Year 8.” And she’s worried she’s haunted.
It sounds bleak, but Lynn’s sweetness shines through.
This is fine folk storytelling – a kaleidoscope of colours, all in a charming Aussie accent. And the overall message is quite simple. “If you’re sad,” Lynn declares in Octopus, “you can sing along.” She manages to make everyday experiences – moving house, having a haircut, caring for a loved one – sound magical. And Airport, the tale of being reunited with a former lover, is glorious. “I’ve loved you all this time,” Lynn sings as their favourite Carly Simon song provides the soundtrack. “I am home again.”
Yep, it’s been quite a trip, but Alex the Astronaut has landed a compelling second album. “How many shots till you’re all used up?” she asks. This record shows she’s got plenty of shots left in the locker.
How to Grow a Sunflower Underwater by Alex the Astronaut is out Jul 22 via Warner.
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