Alex O’Connor explores all these questions in his masterfully self-deprecating third album of pop as Rex Orange County, letting sweet bedroom electronics, matter-of-fact piano, neat beats, suddenly cinematic strings, and versatile horns adorn his wandering mind-missives.
Across just one verse he can sound English, Australian or American, which – rather than coming across as phony – gives him an everyman aura that makes him more accessible than his more manic peers like Hobo Johnson. The pinnacle is Everyway – one of the most genuine love songs I’ve heard in ages. Arresting.
Pony by Rex Orange County is out October 25 via Sony.
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