I decided I’m gonna start using the ICYMI (“In Case You Missed It” for the un-hip) acronym as an excuse for posting about songs I actually fell in love with months before. First up—”My Own Way” by up and coming Aussie singer/songwriter Kita Alexander. Check it out below.
“My Own Way” is one of those catchy little ditties that, once it gets in your head—it’s in there for good. From the very first drum beat/finger-snap combo, you’re up and dancing, or at the very least, wiggling in your seat (*AKA me right now*). This percussion-driven ear worm is practically emanating summer-sunset-on-the-beach vibes from start to finish, making for a strong addition to a beach party playlist. Check out this exclusive live version of the song she performed for the good people at Noisey.
In addition to tons of support from the blogosphere, 19-year old Kita Alexander has also received MASSIVE radio support, thanks to the UK’s BBC Radio 1 and her native Australia’s Triple J. Not only that but Kita was recently included in the reputable music publication NME‘s RADAR section. In other words, be on the look out for this one people!
Kita Alexander has one of those voices that you can’t believe is coming out of such a young artist! 19 – I mean WHOA. When you learn, however, about her musical influences growing up—Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Joe Cocker—it all makes sense. Musically speaking, Kita Alexander is an old soul and you can hear that maturity in her voice. Not to mention the fact that Kita’s been living and breathing music since learning to play the guitar at age 8, this is EXACTLY what she’s supposed to be doing.
Kita wrote “My Own Way” along with Nicky Night Time (from Aussie electropop outfit Van She). Then, using her savings she traveled to London and Los Angeles to continue her musical journey. The above video was made during this time, when Kita was feeling a bit homesick and nostalgic at the same time. In her own words,
“Whenever I was traveling and thought about home I used to look through the footage me and my friends took and it made me feel closer to them. The video is full of memories: my sister in the creek at our parent’s farm, this random guitarist busking on the street in Byron, my friend’s lawn skating competition during our Christmas party in Foster, my mom filming fish at the Great Barrier Reef or us surfing… I can now take these moments wherever I go.”