”A total delight”. That’s what music magazine NME called his major label debut Pony, which was rewarded with a 10 out of 10 rating. Rex Orange County is the young Brit whose real name is Alex O’Connor. His music could be described as tuneful and soulful singer-songwriter pop that has reached an astonishing amount of Spotify-streams with songs such as Loving Is Easy (last year covered by Tove Styrke), Sunflower and Best Friend.
One of those who early on saw the talents of Rex Orange County was California rap wizard Tyler, The Creator, who invited O’Connor to sing on three tracks on the Flower Boy album in 2017. ”He was just doing what I do, but in a different way, on a different level. He’s super friendly, we get on really well, I was pretty much laughing the whole time. It was pretty positive”, O’Connor told Pitchfork about the experience. Another highlight of his career was last year when he recorded a version of Randy Newman’s much beloved You’ve Got A Friend In Me, along with the songwriter maestro himself. In younger days he used do listen to melodic guitar bands such as Weezer and Green Day as well as Abba and a timeless Motown hero like Stevie Wonder, and you can hear this in Rex Orange County’s songs. It’s all about the art of writing unforgettable songs.