5 November 2019 | Blog

November 6 – November 12

Born Alexander O’Connor but more commonly known by his moniker; Rex Orange County is a singer songwriter from Surrey, England. O’Connor released his debut album, Bcos U Will Never B Free, as a free release on his Bandcamp in 2015 at the age of 18 to critical and fan acclaim alike. Soon other artists began to take notice of O’Connor’s work, in particular Tyler, The Creator who flew Rex out to Los Angeles to collaborate on his upcoming album Flower Boy, having Rex co-write both the tracks Foreword and Boredom on the album. With two highly regarded albums and a myriad of singles and collaborations between the two; including the pillowy, cosy tones of both Best Friend, Loving Is Easy, as well as a cover of Randy NewmansYou’ve Got a Friend In Me‘, O’Connor effectively established himself as one of the most exciting, distinctive voices in Pop music right now.

2019 has served as a benchmark for O’Connor, performing his first Australian shows at Laneway and headlining major festivals all over the globe, followed by the release of his third LP Pony, O’Connor show’s no signs of stopping. Opening with the reflective and joyful lead single 10/10, Pony is a glorious foray into a more piano based, RNB and Soul flavoured direction for the artist. Following this, we’re taken on an entertaining yet cohesive 9 song journey of an exquisite arrangement of some of the best Pop and Indie flavoured RNB and Soul to come out this year; with tracks like Laser Lights, and Stressed Out being particular standouts. The album follows in suit, until we get to the last track, It’s Not The Same Anymore, backed by a string section and sombre acoustic guitar, the track serves as a brilliant close to the album, urging the listener to shout “I wish I didn’t need to get help” along with Rex as flourishing strings and brass close the track out.

Deeply personal and incredibly attentive to the smaller, more subtle parts of the composition; including delightful horn arrangements, woodwind sections, and playful, engaging synth lines, Pony is a wonderful direction for O’Connor to take, and one he has pulled off exquisitely and flawlessly.