Monday, April 27, 2015

New discovery: Alex Burey

I wouldn't normally post this sort of thing, but I find myself drawn to this new song by Alex Burey - a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from that London.

First the bad news: Alex is a Brit school graduate making languorous, confessional piano ballads. But it's easy to forget the Brit school gave us Imogen Heap and Jamie Woon as well as Jessie J and Katie Melua, and it's with those former graduates that Burey is more easily classified.

He created his debut EP in his bedroom last year; and won comparisons to 70s soft-rock legends Scott Walker and Lee Hazlewood (of whom he said, "some of his stuff reminds me of an old man pub, but some of it’s beautiful".)

His new single Come Over is delicate and unfurling; intricately detailed but light of touch. What seems like a muted palette becomes, on further listening, a richly coloured soundscape. It's far too mature for a 19-year-old, to be frank.

Listen below.

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