5 Fave 2016 Songs With Alex L’Estrange

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Last month Brisbane musician Alex L'Estrange released his newest single, 'Nothing To Hide', from his debut EP 'Auchenflower'.

After a tour around the country as support act for Holy Holy, Alex will launch the EP with a hometown show later this month.

Alex reflects on the track: “It was written on one of those strange days that felt more like a dream. I’d been working away at this tune, I knew it had something about it that I’d never felt before, but I didn’t find out about what that really meant until later that night.

“That evening, a stranger visited me at the house I was living at in Auchenflower. I ended up going back to her mansion that she lived at alone. She divulged her life story. When I finally got back home, the song made sense. It was for her.”

Alex has selected his favourite choons of 2016 and shared with us. Enjoy.

1. 'Ultralight Beam' – Kanye West

'The Life Of Pablo' was one of my favourite albums this year, and this song encapsulates its sonic and melodic innovation perfectly.

2. 'I Need You' – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

This song feels like a mantra, it rolls and tumbles along and never feels repetitive. That’s a very hard thing to accomplish in a song. It’s devastatingly beautiful.

3. 'Daydreaming' – Radiohead

The piano and sparse, glistening synths keep the subtle foundation as Thom Yorke croons with a dry, upfront and heartbreaking vocal.

4. 'Whateva Will Be' - A Tribe Called Quest

They’ve managed to capture the vibe of '90s Tribe, but have given it a modern, sonic extension. The production in this song is so crunchy and creamy. Some of the vocal samples are almost a bit J Dilla.

5. 'VULFPECK' – Dean Town

It can’t feel any better. Start on this track and then just run them all for a guaranteed nice, social gathering.

Alex L'Estrange launches 'Auchenflower' at Black Bear Lodge (Brisbane) 28 January.

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