Alex The Astronaut: “I feel like I’ve developed a lot as an artist, and that’s really, really exciting”

Alex The Astronaut. Credit: Jamie Heath
(Image credit: Jamie Heath)

It was a weird time in the world, to say the very least, when Alexandra Lynn released her first album as Alex The Astronaut, The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing, in August 2020. We’ve since begun to regain some sense of normalcy – however fractured it may be – but Lynn’s personal journey over the past two years certainly wasn’t one she took down straight and/or clear paths. Her second album, How To Grow A Sunflower Underwater, commits to memory the route that she took, with all of its potholes and puddles intact. 

The record sounds nothing short of magical, with strings, horns, synths and sound effects flourishing widescreen soundscapes pillared by warming folk melodies and cool indie-rock beats. You’ll melt into its transcendental grasp before the lyrics start to make sense, and when they do, you’ll be welcomed to an entirely separate world of colour and calamity. In it, Lynn explores themes of personal growth and self-reflection, reckoning with trauma, embracing vulnerability, taking stock of the past and powering on into the future. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…