REVIEW: Alex Frew - Cobalt
Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Frew has dropped his delightful debut EP, 'Cobalt', starting the year off as he means to go on. 'Cobalt' is an explosive bittersweet narration of adolescence, heartache, and self-growth. The often relatable and endlessly captivating storytelling featured within is what truly sets Alex Frew apart from the other releases so far this year.
“Cobalt is the colour I associate to all of emotions and the entire sonic palette of the EP. Dealing with introversion, depression, substance abuse, and search for romance. The colour Cobalt represents the moody, blue emotion that inspired the creation of this project, and has stuck with me for the past several years.”
Opening with " Midnight Zone" the dynamic soundscape is infused with sophisticated electronic beats and a dreamlike instrumentation. The listening experience only grows in its intensity as you progress through to the following two tracks, "9 Feet Tall" and "Something To Hold On To". Combining insanely catchy melodies and delicate yet playful percussion, "Head's In The Stars" is the stylish shining light on this EP. Larger than life and endlessly entrancing, this track encapsulates the very human emotions of wishing, hoping, and dreaming.
“I want people to feel a little bit bigger than themselves while listening to the project. I’ve always gravitated towards songs that made me feel boundless, and I sincerely hope that this collection can convey those emotions.”
Just as relatable and even more moving, "Antisocial Love Song" is the brooding declaration of love you didn't know you needed. But you definitely do. Featuring the sublime vocal contribution from A Is For Arrows, this vibrant and alluring track will see you hitting the repeat button more times than you can count. Closing out the EP is the heady debut single "Get Out Alive". Speaking with an emotional candour that artists twice his age can only dream of Alex Frew invites the listener into his intoxicating and, at times, dark world.
Having already been identified by BBC Radio 1 as "Best New Pop", Alex Frew is at the start of what is set to be a career as endlessly successful and captivating as his debut EP, 'Cobalt'.