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5 Songs I Love w/ Alex Frew

Emerging Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Frew creates music filled with intimacy and creative candour. Dropping his stand out single "Antisocial Love Song" back in September, Alex delivers an acoustic arrangement of the hit - creating a sonic haven for his listener to reside in.

Teaming up again with A Is For Arrows, her smokey vocal tones bring an element of sweetness to the track. Inspired by honest emotions and relatable experiences, Alex Frew’s narratives are richly romantic - drawing you in.

We found out which 5 songs have influenced him throughout his career. Tune in.

LCD Soundsystem -All My Friends

I can safely say that this song changed my outlook on music as a whole. The way that it slowly crescendos is something special. Along with the arpeggiated piano giving it that silky driving tone, I quickly became infatuated with James Murphy’s music and his trademark, slow-burning tracks. I have a distinct memory of skipping an entire afternoon of high school just to walk around the neighbourhood with this song blaring in my ears.

Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

The feeling of this song never ceases to put me in a good mood, no matter what scenario I’m in. The synths in the song are absolutely killer and I fell in love with them from the very first time I heard it. What really sets this track apart for me is the absolutely beautiful lyrics David Byrne uses throughout the song that just give it an incredibly nostalgic feel.

Pink Floyd - High Hopes

At this point, I’m not quite sure superlatives cut it when describing David Gilmour. This rock epic almost brings a tear to my eye every time the guitar solo hits - it is simply magic. After getting into Pink Floyd over my high school years, they quickly became one of my biggest inspirations in the music world. I credit Gilmour’s guitar playing as the reason the iconic Fender Stratocaster is my weapon of choice.

MGMT - Little Dark Age

To this day, I have yet to have found a song that is as “moody” as this. I’m a big fan of all of MGMT’s music, but something about this synth pop track sets it apart from the rest. It takes you from blissful musical highs to strange and ominous lows, and everything in between. With the colourful sounds and socially relevant lyrics, it’s nothing short of addictive.

Interpol - Leif Erikson

The only word I can use to describe this track is gorgeous. Being the closing song on their debut album, it is one of the softest moments Interpol have on any of their records, being a post-punk rock band. Yet, strangely, hearing them raw and stripped back, it creates this intimate sensation that is incredibly tender when compared to their usual raucous sound. It struck a chord with me the first time I heard it, and it has ever since.

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