Southern California is not only about great beaches and good wine; sometimes that region presents us with talented musicians and their great music. One of those cases is Alex Dunaway. The young singer-songwriter is building her music based on basic guitar fingerpicking and apparently inspired by the best folk artists. Young Dunaway sounds like any teenager inside their bedroom expressing their feelings behind an acoustic guitar, but as we pay closer attention we notice that Alex’s music is not as simple as it sounds like.
Her voice is soothing and so pure it reminds of young Elena Tonra (Daughter), and in her newest single, Strange Things, she shows maturity as she slows down the melody, not rushing it in any second. And then the instrumental seems to include all of Dunaway’s influences and techniques: we hear an electric guitar and a slide guitar echoing in the beginning of the song enlightening the melody of a single guitar and voice; the first chorus is almost idyllic and it seems to be living in the universe of The Staves’ second album.
The song then returns to its shy environment, closed in the bedroom again, but only for a few seconds as the acoustic guitar is substituted by an electric one and the drums also reinforce the amplitude of the song created by all the synthetic and organic elements. With a notch of Bon Iver here and there, the song hits its apotheosis right after the second chorus: the bridge shakes the whole song, it’s a bit dramatic and unexpected and it mixes the influence of the three bands here referred ending with an a capella moment, the most cliché verse of it all “and I want you, but I know you’re not coming back” which sums the lyrics. An introspective song about love and lost (another similarity with the named bands) and probably it expresses the first time the young artist ever felt it.
Strange Things is the second single by Alex Dunaway and we hope that 2019 can be as great as can be for this emotional and soulful musician. Go visit her socials and follow her to know what’s coming next!