Alex the Astronaut

Alex the Astronaut started their career with the release of two acclaimed EPs, To Whom It May Concern (2017) and See You Soon (2017), and the critically acclaimed, ARIA-nominated debut album The Theory of Absolutely Nothing (2020), which was named “a work of genius” by NME and included as an Honourable Mention in Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Australian Albums of All Time.

In 2022, she returned with the new album, How to Grow A Sunflower Underwater. It was an intimate exploration of post-traumatic growth, and a body of work affirming Alex as a truly essential songwriter, capable of transforming the way we view ourselves and the world around us. 

It cycles through a series of radiantly detailed scenes from Alex’s life, documenting moments both seemingly mundane (a haircut, a therapy session, a trip to the beach and the supermarket) and utterly life changing (their experience as a caretaker and the PTSD that followed, their recent diagnosis with autism). The beloved musician imbues their songs with equal parts self-awareness and sensitivity, imagination and idiosyncratic humour. 

Mixed by Miro Mackie (St. Vincent, Dirty Projectors) and produced by Alex the Astronaut with Sam Cromack, Daniel Hanson, and Dean Hanson of Brisbane band Ball Park Music, How to Grow A Sunflower Underwater brought their intensely personal storytelling to a kaleidoscopic form of folk/indie-pop. Alex hoped that with the release of How to Grow A Sunflower Underwater, their self-reflection might inspire listeners to open up and re-examine how they connect with others. 

Born in Eora/Sydney, Alex first started writing songs at the age of 12, then moved to New York in 2017 to study maths and physics at Long Island University. That same year, she delivered debut EP To Whom It May Concern and its follow-up See You Soon, whose opening track ‘Not Worth Hiding’ became an unofficial anthem of the Australian Gay Marriage referendum and earned support from Elton John on his Beats 1 radio show.


I think she’s one of the greatest songwriters of our time.

Andrew Mast, Press Play

Alex the Astronaut – Haircut (Official Video)

In addition to releasing The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing to widespread acclaim, Alex has since taken the stage at major festivals like Primavera Sound, The Great Escape, and Splendour in the Grass, plays sold-out headline runs, and set a new record for the highest altitude performance in Australia (322m) for SPRINGTIME.

Alex the Astronaut has captured hearts and fans around the globe with more than 25 million streams and over 2 million views on their music videos under their belt along with adoring media fans at The New York Times, NPR, BBC Radio 1, triple j, The Guardian and The Line of Best Fit and many others. 

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