South Australia singer/songwriter Alex Hosking has released her premier long-playing record, “Wish”
South Australia singer/songwriter Alex Hosking has released her premier long-playing record, “Wish.” The album is partly pop and partly indie rock with a Sheryl Crow attitude and a Tori Amos heart. Hosking is gratuitous in her positivity and optimism, her songs almost universally light of spirit and entirely unfettered by melodrama of any kind. The album is humble, yet ambitious, fecund with ostentatious talent without seeming vain.
Her tracks are original and wholly her own, taken from a repertoire which she began writing at the age of ten. Live performances commenced almost simultaneously.
“I performed my first song at church on Christmas day as a young girl,” she says. Regarding her attitude toward songwriting she declares, “My mind is a circus and my heart is open.” Indeed, her lyrics seem drawn from a secret autobiography at times – not to say from a diary, which would be unfair to the maturity of her work, which also bears mention. “Why do we do it: talk?” she asks with the insouciance of a philospher in her song, “Bright Green.” She follows this query with a buoyant assertion belying her youth: “I don’t want to, I don’t have to.” Her effervence contains a dark spot of yang to balance the brightness of her yin, however, evident in precocious lines like, “I’m afraid of what I’ve become,” a spooky thing to hear sung with conviction from a woman just entering her twenties.
The artist from Adelaide calls her flowering musical career a “wish come true,” from which it must be inferred the title of Hosking’s record comes, but wishing on stars cannot be the source of her popularity when the sheer talent of her performances is outstripped only by the genius of her writing. Among her influences she lists the Chili Peppers, Sia, Beyonce, the Kooks, and – most bogglingly – Biggie Smalls. Watch for said influence, though, during the bridge of “Uneven Hedges,” when she commences to pound out chords on her piano and rap like an unknown and unlikely member of NWA, saying, “We still got terrorists here, livin’ in the USA: the big CIA, Bloodz, Crips, the KKK.” The versatility of Alex Hosking is a thing to behold.
Undoubtedly Hosking has an overabundance of musical expertise, but, as her website states very clearly, “most importantly she is authentic.”
Staff Press Release Writer
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