Alex the Astronaut (she/her)

An unforgettably original lyricist, the music of Australian singer/songwriter Alex the Astronaut cycles through a series of radiantly detailed slices of life.

In her latest album, How To Grow A Sunflower Underwater, Alex documents moments of both the seemingly mundane – from a haircut, a therapy session, a trip to the beach and to the supermarket – to the utterly life-changing experiences as a caregiver (along with the PTSD that followed) and her recent diagnosis with autism.

The 27-year-old artist imbues her songs with equal parts self-awareness and sensitivity, imagination and idiosyncratic humour. Alex intimately explores friendship, love, loss, pain, and change in her work, weaving a constellation of stories about the personal reckonings that come with growing up. Her bright melodies, plucked guitars and unmistakable vocals cement Alex as a truly essential songwriter, capable of transforming the way we view ourselves and the world around us.

Born in Sydney, Alex first started writing songs at 12, then moved to New York in 2017 to study math and physics at Long Island University. That same year, she delivered her debut EP To Whom It May Concern and its follow-up See You Soon, whose opening track “Not Worth Hiding” became an unofficial anthem of the Australian Gay Marriage referendum. The song is an open letter to Alex’s 16-year-old self that details the journey to owning her sexuality. It clearly struck a chord with audiences around the world, and was played by none other than Elton John on his Beats 1 radio show. In addition to releasing albums The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing and How To Grow a Sunflower Underwater to widespread acclaim, Alex has taken the stage at major festivals like SXSW, Primavera Sound, The Great Escape, and Splendour in the Grass, along with touring Australia on a sold-out headline run.

A photograph of musician Alex the Astronaut wearing a blue boilersuit looking over their left shoulder with a plain red background

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