Review – Alex Southey

Album: …And the Country Stirred
Release Date: February 5, 2021
Genre: Indie Folk

…And the Country Stirred is the latest release from Toronto-based singer-songwriter Alex Southey. As an album, it gives off minimalist songwriting vibes like the soundtrack you would hear in an indie video game a la Life is Strange with both sad and happy feelings while you contemplate where you are in your life while also something you could be chilling on your patio drinkin’ beers.

The production and instrumentation in songs like “Kids” and “Caught You On The Throat” possess haunting vibes that give you this feeling of uneasiness. The kind where you have these dreams that you are wandering through a dry dreary place and you see the light to the greenest pasture but the closer you get the pasture, the hole is getting smaller and smaller until it’s gone and seemingly there is no way out.

At the end of the day, the story that is woven into these 11 tracks gives you the feeling that you have met the love of your life, at the same time, the impending doom that something will go wrong hangs overhead. The first little while you are having the best years of your life, the next they are slowly drifting away, whether it is from a split or they are dying. I give sympathy to the person that is losing that special someone in their life, but also recommend everyone gives this album a listen!

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