Bands to Watch #203: Alex Winston

By on Wednesday, 2nd March 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Words by Rafael Rivas

Seeing and listening to Alex Winston are two different things. Her high-pitched voice, impossible to categorize or even compare, has a beautiful blend. If one were to blindly stumble upon her music, you’d think it was a Korean singer on the verge of an English crossover. As a songwriter her material is unconventional, and as a singer she delivers enough vocal range to keep you interested.

The Detroit native hardly shows the long list of influences. While she grew up listening to Iggy Pop and Motown, Winston is carving her own path. Her music video for ‘Locomotive’ is like a 2-minute holiday to the ‘80s. Adorned with all the digital trimmings of the era, the video is a representation of Winston’s unique offering to music. Her latest mini-LP, ‘Sister Wife’, showcases all of her talents mixed into one: writing, drums, piano and guitar.

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Her single ‘Choice Notes’ is a whimsical voyage with an impeccable use of instruments. Think Alice in Wonderland meets Gwen Stefani. The single ‘Don’t Care About Anything’, in contrast, showcases her rare vocal ability. It’s fascinating to watch such a petite artist contort words into beautiful music.

Her last album has produced solid songs worthy of more exposure. Currently, she is touring America to promote ‘Sister Wife’; it’s only a matter of time before Winston’s music finds the rest of the world.

You can download ‘Locomotive’ and its Jaybird remix from a previous MP3 of the Day post here.

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