Alexander Teller’s newest single I Got Free is the latest and last release to fall before his highly anticipated Album titled ‘Alexander Teller Is A Snake Oil Seller’. The record reflects on some sobering and mournful narratives that are spun into compellingly artful indie-rock offerings, yet this particular single displays greater optimism. We caught up with Alexander about this release, and beyond:
Hey Alexander, how are you doing?
I slow-cooked a thai red curry, so I’m experiencing feelings of excitement as dinner approaches. I’m hoping the cauliflower rice will make me sexually attractive.
Tell us about ‘I Got Free’:
I Got Free is supposed to be a kind of triumphant rebirth. People have asked me what it’s about before and I’ve given the kind of lazy answer that artists give when their work doesn’t make any sense; “If I told you what it’s about it would ruin it”.
However that is probably true. Maybe I like it so much because I’m not entirely sure what i’m talking about (although I have a decent idea). At the risk of sounding sincere (a millennial crime), I think it’s about becoming yourself. Although it’s not clear whether killing “the romantic man” in one’s self is a good thing… Perhaps you can have too much freedom.
What inspired the release?
I think I’m obsessed with freedom. I don’t know what it is, and I don’t know if I should be allowed to have it. It’s something I wanted to write about. I had the song title written in my notes, and there’s a few other lyrics that make an appearance peppered around it. I can never really remember how I make songs, although I can see in my computer that basically the whole thing happened in one day in a garage that we had in our old house. I also remember thinking it was bad, until I sent it to Sam Jordan (a great musician). He told me it was good, and now I believe him.
As for the release, I thought it seemed spicy to put out a song of liberation when everyone is in quarantine. Maybe freedom isn’t entirely to do with the ability to go shopping and drink at pubs?