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Melting Vinyl have the privilege to welcome Alex Rex back to the South Coast and the perfect intimate setting of The Westgate Chapel in Lewes
Founding member and chief songwriter of critically acclaimed folk revivalists Trembling Bells, Alex Rex is the nom de guerre of Alex Neilson – drummer to some of the most innovative musicians on the international underground, including Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Shirley Collins, Jandek and Current 93. Alex has synthesised the agonised self-invention and charismatic death-drive of these artists into his solo vehicle – abandoning the folk-rock pomp of his previous band Trembling Bells for something darker and wilder.
Following the critical success of his second solo album Otterburn (2019) which was a heartfelt response to his brothers sudden death on 2017 Alex Rex returns with songs of love, loss and loathing in his third vehicle ANDROMEDA on independent label Tin Angel
ANDROMEDA is a game of emotional snakes and ladders. It’s the product of two years spent in therapy, the gym and on Tinder. It opens with the voice of folk legend Shirley Collins in ”Song of Self Doubt” – a sparse assemblage of spoken words layered on bright chimes and birdsong. And from there we wander down corridors of cruelty, recklessness and recrimination.
“I Am Happy” is a gut-punch to the brain. Think classic-era Nick Cave but without the gothic posturing. “Haunted House” is a ghost-rock ballad about an emotional poltergeist looking for love. “Rottweilers” is a song about the hell hounds of the mind – the phantoms of self-deception and self-destruction that impress themselves on the brain like a depressed Mount Rushmore. “Coward’s Song” sets some lines from Richard III to a skeletal country waltz and was recently recorded by Bonnie “Prince” Billy. “I’m Not Hurting No More” sounds like poetry etched out by a pneumatic drill in an electrical storm, while album closer “Pass The Mask” is about the anxiety of childbearing by someone who has never borne a child – passing the relay baton of disappointment from generation to generation. It’s Philip Larkin’s head on Cat Stephen’s body.
Featuring a consolidated line up of long-time collaborator Rory Haye, with Audrey Bizouerne (Rev Magnetic / Bill Wells) and Georgia Seddon (Mike Heron / The Incredible String Band) along with guest appearances from Shirley Collins and Stevie Jackson, ANDROMEDA is the first ghost rock album.
Self loathing has never sounded so sexy.
Elle Osborne was born on the North Sea coast of Lincolnshire where
she taught herself to play the fiddle (and ride Gypsy horses on the beach ~
although that’s another story). She was raised amongst folk singers and wrote
songs from an early age.
Elle’s debut cd, Testimony, featured in the fRoots magazine Best of Year
Critics’ Poll, and was reviewed as “…One of the most compelling performances of
Her 2011 release So Slowly, Slowly Got She Up was Album of the Week
in The Independent, and gained Elle a nomination for Singer of the Year from
Her 2015 release, It’s Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice, was Elle’s first
album of self-written songs, of which Folk Radio UK said, “With songwriting like
this, it is hard to believe that it has taken Osborne so long to begin committing her
own material to tape. We can only hope she doesn’t stop there”.
If You See a Rook on its Own, it’s a Crow is Elle’s fourth album, and sees
her joined by long-time kindred collaborators Alasdair Roberts and Alex Neilson
(Trembling Bells, Bonnie Prince Billy). The album also features Eddie Myer (Turin
Brakes) and Stephen Hiscock (Mark Eitzel band), and is mixed by Joe Watson
(Stereolab), bringing an electrifying new dimension to her unique sound.
“Osborne has the lyrical and melodic gifts to achieve crossover success, but
it’s these more experimental numbers which really prove her mettle” Wire Magazine
“Raw and compelling, passionate and engaging” Time Out