ALIX PAGE – ” Old News ” EP

Posted: February 20, 2022 in MUSIC

There’s something nostalgic about Alix Page. Page describes her sound as “confessional songwriting,” with “production inspired by coming-of-age movies and huge ’80s soundscapes” — and she’s so right.

Ruminating on memories of a past relationship is a dangerous place to get stuck, but what happens when it’s your subconscious that keeps pulling you back in? 19-year-old singer-songwriter Alix Page’s latest single “Radiohead” is a case study on the ghost of relationships past and all that’s been left in its wreckage. Pulled from her upcoming debut EP “Old News”, Released in January, the melancholic single arrives with an emotionally simmering music video seeping into the feeling of having your favourite band ruined by an ex that your mind just won’t let go of, even when you sleep. 

“It’s not just about being sad after a breakup, it’s about grieving and growing up and healing from it.”

“I wrote “Radiohead” after I had a dream about an ex,” says Page . “It was super innocent, like a rom-com montage of us moving into an apartment and painting it together. It caught me really off guard because we hadn’t talked in months, and it made me realize that I still had a lot of unresolved feelings about our relationship and the breakup. Out of all the songs on the EP, I’m really proud of the vocal performance on this one. I think using one take for the whole song made the emotion of it build naturally.”

The visual finds Page sitting on a stage all alone. Opening on a tight shot of the singer, the camera pans outward at a crawling pace, first unveiling the unlit candles and balloons scattered around her, then the auditorium seats stretched out in front of her completely empty save for a doting couple with a knack for public displays of affection under a spotlight not necessarily the target audience for a breakup song.

There’s definitely a rock edge to it, but her EP is four tracks and less than 15 minutes long. Taking cues from American indie pop bands from the late 90s/early 00s, “Old News” is decent enough to leave you wanting more than an EP at some point soon. 

Currently on the road with Gracie Abrams, Page, who draws inspiration from songwriters like Phoebe Bridgers, the production of Imogen Heap and Brandon Flowers’ voice and emotion,  is quickly paving a way for herself.

“I think there’s a little bit of humour in the titular line,” she explains. “It’s definitely more complicated than just feeling sad that you can’t listen to a certain band without thinking of a certain person. The temper tantrum I throw at the end kind of adds something cheeky to the whole thing and I’m really happy with how it came out. Smashing a guitar is wayyyy harder than it looks.”

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