alex lahey I Love You Like a Brother (CD, £10.50)label: Dead Oceans
Alex Lahey’s debut full length comes fresh off the back of her breakout in 2016 when her ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’ single was inescapable, landing her a spot in Australian radio network triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 Of 2016, a Best New Track nod from Pitchfork and helping her to earn Artist To Watch status from Stereogum. The song’s universal tale of rejection took Lahey global - its message, she says, is the flipside of the usual break-up scenario: “Yeah, you’re right. It’s not me. It IS you.” This no-shit-taken attitude is the backbone of ‘I Love You Like A Brother’. From the stomping title track ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ to the gently moving ‘Money’, Lahey’s debut long player tells it like it is.
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