Alex The Astronaut recently released a new video for “Haircut”, the latest single from her upcoming album How to Grow A Sunflower Underwater, available, July 22 via Nettwerk. The new Claudia Bailey-directed video from singer, songwriter and storyteller dives into the power of friendship, especially while you are trying to figure yourself out.
Of the video, Alex shares, “I loved ‘Call Me By Your Name’ when I first saw it because it was presented as a love story first, and not just a ‘gay story.’ In the same way, I wanted to show a story about gender as a story about growing up, and I think the biggest part of growing up is our friends. Claud, the director, made such a beautiful, bright narrative about two friends who are figuring themselves out side-by-side and it fit the song perfectly.” Alex continues, “It felt like we were filming a movie. We had so much fun at the shoot, and I think the video gets across the joy, terror, brightness, darkness and excitement of growing into the person that you want to be.”
The upbeat “Haircut” celebrates personal growth and the journey of self-discovery with your friends. The track was inspired by the reflection that came after Alex the Astronaut cut off all her hair for charity, and the song follows the singer, songwriter and storyteller’s previous singles from How to Grow A Sunflower Underwater “Octopus,” inspired by her shift in self-perception brought on by her recent Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis; “Airport”; and her rumination on the kind of life uncertainty that is worldview-shifting,“Growing Up.”
The new album is an intimate exploration of post-traumatic growth, and a body of work affirming Alex as a truly essential songwriter, capable of transforming the way we view ourselves and the world around us. The album documents both the seemingly mundane (a haircut, a therapy session, a trip to the beach and the supermarket) and utterly life-changing moments (her experience as a caretaker and the PTSD that followed, her recent autism spectrum diagnosis) imbuing her songs with equal parts awareness and sensitivity, imagination and idiosyncratic humour.