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.