Alex Kelly’s first solo track, Orange Circle, combines youthful verve with seasoned experience
If you’re eagerly awaiting that Girls Aloud reunion, or else gutted that Kelly Clarkson’s doing TV and not music right now, then New York singer/songwriter and Goji Collective member Alex Kelly could fill the void nicely. She’s a fresh, chart-friendly alternative to Clarkson, Cole and co. with a bit of cred and no Syco stigma. What could be better…?
The former business student and Queens native has just released her first solo album after a steady career in the biz that got off to a flyer when Goo Goo Dolls (they of /Iris/ fame) co-founder Robby Takac plucked her from university to front electro-pop project Amungus in 2008.
With Amungus, Alex enjoyed extensive US radio play and commanded sought-after stage time, including opening slots for 90s favourites the B-52s, the band that unleashed Love Shack on the world.
Alex’s unofficial education in all things electro has served her well thus far, so understandably her debut record Orange Circle is built on its beats and structures. But where Alex excels is in bending those structures, marrying standard electro sensibilities with dirty rock guitars and sickly sweet pop vocals…