London-based singer-songwriter Alex Starling was integral to the early successes of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, before the untimely death of their lead singer, Charlie Haddon in 2010. Then, with his course altered immeasurably, he undertook solo shows in Germany and the U.S., before forming The Ghosts, spectres of ethereal synth-pop; of which The Guardian referred to as “soaring and sublime synth-pop” with MIXMAG stating they “could just be your next favourite band”.
The Ghosts signed deals in the US, Canada and Russia and began to tour extensively over the next few years. During a break from touring Alex began writing for other artists, music has been featured heavily on Sky Sports, MTV and on US TV shows such as the ABC NETWORK drama Red Widow.
Alex has now returned with his debut solo single We Lie To Ourselves, produced and mixed by Tim Bran (Aurora, London Grammar). In parts, a departure from the synth-led sounds of The Ghosts, Alex’s debut performs like an overture for his new direction with a subtle nod to his past in the pulsing synth bassline. A charmingly melancholic ballad, its Alex’s voice that shines brightest, rich with the emotive honesty of the lyrical narrative and stunningly underpinned by its well-suited production.
Speaking to the motivation behind We Lie To Ourselves, Alex Starling shares: The song is about superstitions and looking for signs to help convince yourself a relationship is going well.