Kita Alexander is an emerging Brisbane-born singer you may want to have on your radar. At only 21 years old, she has already made a name for herself in Australia and beyond; admiring fans have streamed her music over 25 million times. Her second EP, Hotel, was released last Friday, May 5. The EP offers us a taste of what’s to come from the young artist, and is strikingly similar in terms of style and length to her last EP, Like You Want To, released in 2015.

Her light electro pop-infused style is simple and familiar, but takes a backseat to her smooth, soothing voice. Her first three tracks start with clean electronic melodies that return throughout each song. The first track, “Hotel,” features somber lyrics against a digitally enhanced, contemporary sound. Her slow alto voice is understated and delicate. The contrast between the electronic sounds and her voice feels sophisticated, and I’d argue its similarity to the likes of Morly. The polished post-production beats persist into her second track, “A Girl,” and her third, “Damage Done,” which again incorporate light synth-pop beats behind her alluring voice. Her voice sounds effortless, the lyrics are relatable, and the upbeat melody will linger with you all day after listening.

My favorite track on the EP is the fourth and final track- a deconstructed, raw, demo version of the first track, “Hotel.” Her lyrics sound more profound and personal against the simplicity of her guitar, whereas they felt a little lost against the synthetic progressions from the first track. The passing of her sister three years ago inspired the lyrics in this song. I can feel her heavy heart when she sings, “one day you’ll meet me and you’ll know it’s not a dream. It won’t be hello heaven we’ll be somewhere in-between.” The quiet echo produced by her microphone leaves us grasping onto every last word of each refrain.

This girl-next-door has undeniable star quality. Her new-age sound and honest lyrics resonate with a wide range of listeners, and are perfect for rainy mornings and relationship blues. Her rapid success as a singer and songwriter speaks volumes to her innate talent. As she continues to develop as an artist, I trust that she will branch out and push creative boundaries to find her own unique style.

 

Words: Mallory Love