Alexa Dexa is an electroacoustic composer-performer operating in a do-it-yourself/do-it-together capacity to deconstruct the harms of kyriarchy using music as a tool of transformative self-care. They dream and manifest aleatoric, indeterminate, and improvisatory works for voice, an ever-expanding collection of toy instruments to rival a playpen, found sounds, pre-programmed electronic sequences, live electronic processing, and live coding.
noun: nestling; plural noun: nestlings
1. a bird that is too young to leave its nest.
gerund or present participle: nestling
1. settle or lie comfortably within or against something
“Alexa Dexa’s musical manifestations evoke a dream-like quality. The way she renders a familiarity to strangeness with the tones she tills from her “toychestra,” can cause an imagery of the innocent, the impossible, and the sublime. It is her blend of the mesmeric, the sweet, and the darkly atmospheric, that suggests a shared artistic DNA with Detroit-based production company Gold House Media with whom Dexa collaborated with to produce this video for Nestling, the single off of her album, Year of Abandon.” – Jeff Milo, Playground Detroit
Read the Q & A about the making of Nestling HERE.
After hours spent hiding my knees beneath a cloud-like landscape sculpted from my luminous pink dress and floating desk bells while the zany crew at Gold House Media filmed and tried to prompt my legs not to succumb to permanent pins & needles, and countless more hours that Director Natasha Beste spent weaving dreamlike skips and animations through the minimalist footage, we’re finally thrilled to announce the official release of my debut music video for “Leave”, a fan-favorite from my debut album “a symphony of band-aids for the visionary wound”.
Some love for “Leave” from The Joy of Violent Movement:
The recently released official video continues the young singer/songwriter’s reputation for striking dichotomy. The video filmed by Gold House Media and directed by Natasha Beste features Alexa Dexa on her knees in a luminous and billowing pink dress, which makes her and her bells seem as though they’re floating. Quick edits and spliced animated sequences evoke a dream-like logic, which helps further heighten the song’s ethereal, fever-dream like feel.
“Leave” is a single that she’s performed countless times and it appears on her debut full-length effort, a symphony of band-aids for the visionary wound, and the single is comprised of swirling 8 bit bloops and bleeps, chiming bells and Alexa Dexa’s effortlessly soulful jazz-like vocals. At the very core of the song is an urgent, obsessive desire — the sort that makes parting from a lover seem like the worst, most unendurable pain on earth.
In May of 2014 I was performing in Oslo, Norway on my first European tour when Oystein Kind of At The Loft Records approached me about doing a video session for my song “Slingshot”, which I later released on “Year of Abandon”.
It was at this video session that I learned from Oystein and his mixing engineer Jonas Kjolstad that Norwegians can acquire prescriptions from their doctors to vacation in Barcelona in cases of seasonal depression. (I can only imagine the hardships Scandinavian winters harbor as the middle of May brought hail and 32 degree weather and had me longing for gloves to keep my fingers from frosting over while carrying my toy piano around town.) Here was my view of Oslo during this discovery from the roof of At The Loft Records.