The Toronto-based singer and songwriter Alex Southey is quite new to the music scene having only two albums released so far. His 2019 project ‘Christmastown’ still sits on the shelf when his follow-up album ‘You’re Not Just A Body To Me’ releases on January 30, 2020.
The Canadian crooner expresses that his music draws inspiration from the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Glen Hansard, and Andy Shauf. This is evident in his moody and balladic ensemble on the new album’s tracklist.
Alex Southey dropped two singles, namely “Two Solitudes” and “The Fall Positive” prior to the album release in early 2020. However, the most powerful messages on the album come from other songs such as “Running Into the Water, Nelson, B.C.,” “And This Too Shall Pass” and “Leaving the Place.”
Complete Tracklist of ‘You’re Not Just a Body To Me’ Album
- Running into the Water, Nelson, B.C.
- Angel at the Bed
- You’ll Never Wink Again
- And This Too Shall Pass
- Leaving the Place
- A Song We Can Slow Dance To
- The Inside of My Head When I Think of University in Vancouver
- Two Solitudes
- Little Country Mouse
- Up We Go
- The Fall Positive (And Goodbye)
- Crowsnest Highway, Some Time at Night (Bonus track)
Alex expresses that his music deals with the topics of Canada, romance, depression, and daily life. In the press release for the album, Alex shares the inspiration behind ‘You’re Not Just A Body To Me’ album;
…it provides the insight that all things pass, and with the right support, you can learn to live with your mental illnesses. You can learn that that is a win. To combat my struggles, I take anti-depressants/anti-anxiety medication, go to therapy, and seek a full, whole social life, even when I don’t feel like it. It’s important not just to document these struggles on record, but document them in a way that normalizes them. So many people struggle with what I’ve just discussed here and with what I discuss on the album that I would never want to soft-sell the subject. My music seeks to provide a sense of understanding, and maybe a little commiseration, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Stream the complete album on Spotify below.
It is also noteworthy that all proceeds from Alex Southey’s upcoming tour in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal will go to CAMH, Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
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