Alec McArtor

FRESH: ‘Loving Is The Way’ – Alex McArtor

Alex McArtor premiers “Loving Is The Way”!

by Christopher Smith

Seventeen-year-old Alex McArtor has premiered a video for her latest single “Loving Is The Way” today and announcing her new EP “Heart Talk Vol. 1”, the first installment in a pair of releases, which is set to arrive on October 18th. Alex grew up listening to Lou Reed, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin, and while she credits films like ‘Velvet Goldmine’, ‘Garden State’ and ‘My Private Idaho’ for providing musical inspiration, there’s always a personal statement at the core of McArtor’s music.

In the new track “Loving Is The Way”, Alex proves she is nobody’s toy. Written after breaking off a relationship, the infectious tune was penned in an act of rebellion at the thought of feeling owned. “The ‘Loving Is The Way’ video was kind of an all things go type of deal. Although the song is serious and represented an emotional time for me, I didn’t want things to be all serious and dramatic in the video,” Alex explains. “So, I pretty much just goofed around this moody little beach town and people followed me with a camera. It was fun and easy. I wasn’t trying to make the video a cinematic masterpiece, or overthink it. I just wanted to have fun and dance around.

“Heart Talk Vol. I” is the first release of a broader, deeply personal collection of songs I wrote over the last year or so. The collection was a therapeutic release of emotions for me and loosely based off of a few relationships that I had; young love, getting hurt, hurting others, and being a little bit ‘bat shit crazy”. McArtor recently released her debut EP “Spoken Word”, an exquisite, dreamy and downright epic music debut that pulls inspiration from both classic rock and ’80s and ‘90s alternative while showcasing the singer-songwriter’s powerful voice and pensive soul. It’s getting quite a rapturous response, as evidenced by the three million collective streams thus far!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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