Melbourne creative Alexander Biggs has today released his sophomore EP.
The follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed debut EP, Still You Sharpen Your Teeth, the songs on Whatever Helps You Sleep span a period of two years in Alexander Biggs’ life, from the ages of 22 to 24. They chart a huge period of growth, from a bad break-up in Thornbury to finding new love and moving to the city, before moving back to Thornbury, where he completed writing the EP in his kitchen.
Recorded in three four-day blocks of 15-hour days, lyrically the EP’s seven tracks range from the autobiographical (‘The Worst We’ve Ever Been’ essays a toxic relationship) to ruminations on grief and loss (‘Car Ride’); from trying to nurture more positive living habits (‘Dog Boy’) to finding the positive side to negative events (‘Death Bed’). The last song to be written for the EP, the gorgeous, piano-based ‘Ophelia’, uses the metaphor of a flood to comment on the scourge of “toxic masculinity”.
Together it all adds up to Biggs’ most confident outing yet, veering from the dreamy, whisper-quiet melodies of ‘Car Ride’, which hints at the influence of Nebraskan singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, to ‘Dog Boy’, which builds from a gentle acoustic song to a stirring, horn-laden climax.
For all the success of his debut EP – more than one million streams on Spotify, global airplay on triple j, BBC Radio 1 and KCRW; tours with artists such as Evan Dando, Frightened Rabbit, Julien Baker and a spot on the UK’s Great Escape Festival – the sense here is of an artist truly finding his feet.
Alexander is supporting Amy Shark on her sold out Australian album tour, which kicks off in Adelaide tonight.