Release Date: Oct 6, 2017
Record label: Dead Oceans Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
For many, your early 20s is a time for self-discovery. It's for late nights and late mornings, sleeping with the wrong people and sometimes sleeping with the right people. It's a time for falling down but getting back up and trying again. On I Love You Like a Brother, Alex Lahey shares scenes from her own period of self-discovery, which makes for a fierce and incredibly fun debut full-length LP.
Alex Lahey’s ‘B-Grade University’ EP - an accidental concept mini-record about graduating with an arts degree, zero prospects and very little cash - has ironically proved the catalyst behind where the Melbourne musician finds herself now. Though the same lo-fi approach has remained in place for her debut album - out of practical necessity rather than anything else - ‘I Love You Like My Brother’ is otherwise a totally different beast, taking on a far wider scope, with a ramshackle, beer-chugging spirit and buckets of ambition. Her early track ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’ - by far Alex Lahey’s song best up until now - bears the closest sonic resemblance to this full-length album, but tellingly, it’s been left off in favour of leaner refinements.
Alex Lahey’s debut album ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ revels in its imperfections. In 10 succinctly crafted tracks – the Australian newcomer is relatable and brutally honest – all while retaining a fair amount of wit, too. A storming debut. Take the album’s title track in which she addresses her now-repaired relationship with her brother, (“clashed like the band, but we’re now we’re back stronger”) and the spiky opener ‘Every Day’s Weekend’.
Life is nothing if not endlessly annoying. That is without even getting into the bigger issues of an overwhelmingly malfunctioning society. I’m talking about the stress, the loneliness, the yearning, the tedious formalities of a relationship. Alex Lahey’s new album, I Love You Like a Brother, is gloriously tied up in all these annoyances of the flesh.
Few sentences in the English language may inspire a rollercoaster of youthful emotion like the title of Alex Lahey’s debut album, I Love You Like a Brother. It isn’t hard to picture some fresh-faced admirer, at first jubilant (“She loves me!”) and then utterly crestfallen (“…like a brother”). But the Melbourne artist’s song of the same name cleverly goes someplace that’s both less predictable and flatly literal: “I Love You Like a Brother” is a Ramones-blitzed bop about growing up enough to become friends with, well, her actual brother.