Alex Jayne / shares surreal alt-pop single 'Backseat'
Praise for '90s Dream' (Previous single)
50 Great Tracks for March, The Guardian
“Widescreen melancholia that intricately captures the process of dissatisfaction and rebirth”, Line of Best Fit
“A true work of art”, Earmilk
Alt-pop songwriter Alex Jayne reveals her distinct flair for the surreal on new single ‘Backseat’, out today.
The follow-up to The Guardian-praised ‘90s Dream’ - where Alex imagined attending her own break-up movie, the images repeatedly flashing in front of her eyes - ‘Backseat’ finds the London songwriter entering a taxi after a night out, the instant privacy it provides against the relentless energy of the city drawing her into another dimension.
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“It feels like the city doesn’t stop. It’s always buzzing, moving, flickering around you. Jumping in the back of a cab, I suddenly find myself in this intensely quiet space”, says Alex. “I’m sinking into the backseat, wandering through the night ... it’s in those moments where I often become reflective. I’m thinking about someone ... wondering where they might be in that moment, realising that maybe I felt more for them than I realised”.
Another production with collaborator Duncan Pym, ‘Backseat’ comes complete with a freeing, weightless soundscape comprised of flickering synths and pulsing percussion. Alex’s Jessie Ware-referencing vocal meanwhile transforms every hue of her thought-stream plus the rain-sodden city outside into vivid high definition.
With a BBC Introducing ‘Song of The Month’ under her belt and praise from Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Earmilk, Alex has spent the past year playing legendary London haunts, The Courtyard, Notting Hill Arts Club and The Sebright Arms, while perfecting her distinct sound.
“My songs come from an intensely real place. There are many colours and senses that flow through the music. The truth though is for someone else to feel”.