London-based artist Alekxandr recently revealed his debut single ‘Salt Crystals’ dramatic and dynamic, laced with twitching electronic textures and strings. It possesses a sense of space and drama that intrigues and moves with its shifting production and haunting vocals that capture intangible and fleeting moments of joy and pain. It’s an impressive and mysterious first offering that draws comparisons to Patrick Wolf and Perfume Genius. Watch the evocative, cinematic video below that casts Aleksandr in the midst of natural landscapes.
Alekxandr explains the motivations and meaning behind the track:
“Salt Crystals was written in Berlin about my first experience at Berghain and the guy I left with. After 14 hours of dancing, in what felt like the most glorious version of Hell, we railed through the city and wound up on grass, evaporating under September sun. The encounter left me wanting. The song is an attempt to preserve that fleeting encounter.”
Named after an island in the North Sea, Alekxandr crossed the River Severn, leaving a misspent youth in Cardiff to the “first place that felt like home,” – London. Wild, searching nights eventually lead back to the secrecy of an attic bedroom where immersed in his own world, Alekxandr began to take shape as a project.