Getting into an Ivy League school is what most hardworking high school students dream of. For Alexander 23 however, this wasn’t enough. Pursuing a degree in engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in hindsight was just a stepping stone for Alexander 23, who soon realized his real passion was something much different: music. Ditching Philadelphia to pursue his dreams in sunny Los Angeles, he decided to bet on himself, and from the looks of it his bet is paying off. This week, Alexander released his second EP Oh No, Not Again! – a nine track effort that highlights his ability as a songwriter and musician to the fullest extent.
This project is a clear departure from Alexander’s previous work. His first EP, 2019’s I’m Sorry I Love You, employed a range of styles that highlighted his versatility as an artist. This time around however, he leaves a lot of that behind and hones in on his songwriting abilities while using his voice to paint a rather vivid image for the listener. On a Zoom call with Alexander last week, the artist was asked to describe the album in three words, to which he responded “Sad, but hopeful” and he seemingly could not have chosen a better way to describe this project. Reflecting on past experiences of love and companionship, Alexander does not shy away from his vulnerabilities and instead leans into them, using his voice to eloquently depict the scene and capture the audience in one fell swoop.
Though Alexander’s career is still in its beginning stages, the young artist originally hailing from Chicago is potentially on the verge of something much greater. His growth is abundantly apparent from his 2019 project, just two years ago, and leaves listeners to question how much more he has to offer. From the looks of it, the answer to that question is plenty: a remarkable voice coupled with equally remarkable songwriting abilities and a true passion to create, the sky’s the limit for the young artist. Only time can tell, but at the current rate Alexander 23 is poised to potentially become a household name if he continues down the same path he has forged for himself. Listeners can now stream Oh No, Not Again! on all major platforms now.