Alex the Astronaut is a curious 20-year-old storyteller from Sydney and she has just released the music video for her debut single ‘Half of 21st Street’. Currently living in Long Island, NY on a Soccer scholarship while studying Math and Physics, Alex the Astronaut is driven by the unknown and the experiences of those around her.
Filmed in various New York City locations including Washington Square Park, the video for ‘Half of 21stStreet’ follows a love story while interstitially showcasing Alex the Astronaut in quintessential NY situations: hanging with friends, skipping double dutch, skateboarding and busking in the streets. ‘Half of 21st Street’ was recorded with and produced by Benjamin McCarthy (Gordi, Kate Miller-Heidke) in Melbourne in January 2016 and follows the story of a postman and a thief who meet up after a night out by the water. Through rolling guitars, strings, synth and changing tempos, Alex the Astronaut tells us their story: it’s romantic love, it’s innocent, and it highlights those tiny moments of hope that appear in our lives when we least expect.
Driven by a love of music from a young age and some very encouraging figures along the way, Alex the Astronaut was given her first drum kit when she was 3 and from there she found herself falling down the musical rabbit hole. One thing that has always stood out as she discovers new artists along the way is honest storytelling through lyrics. This was evident to her from a young age, through listening to artists like the great Paul Kelly, whom she refers to as her formative influence, alongside Lily Allen and the lateDavid Bowie. Three very different artists with a common thread: they only ever say it how they see it.
Alex the Astronaut has said that there is something to learn from everyone, and having lived in Sydney, London and now NYC, there are a lot of stories she wants to tell.