Alex Lloyd will feature songs off his new Urban Wilderness album when he performs at the Hoey Moey on Thursday night.
Alex Lloyd will feature songs off his new Urban Wilderness album when he performs at the Hoey Moey on Thursday night.

Alex Lloyd makes long-awaited return at the Hoey

MULTI-LAYERED harmonies, loops, songs of family and romance, tracks written across the globe: Urban Wilderness is the long-awaited return of one of Australia's most acclaimed songwriters Alex Lloyd.

Five years on from his last solo effort, 2008's Good In The Face Of A Stranger, Urban Wilderness is 12 tracks of pure, pop-tinged song craft from the four times ARIA-winner who finally returns home after five years living and working in London.

That newfound excitement is all over Urban Wilderness, a collection of songs Lloyd penned without thinking about the framework of an album. Before flying home he'd reached out to an old mate to share demos - APRA, ARIA and Golden Guitar winner Shane Nicholson.

For two decades now Lloyd's enjoyed life as both an independent artist and one signed to a major. Now, Lloyd wanted 100% creative control. He teamed up with crowd-funding site Pledge Music, fans embracing pre-orders and snapping up exclusive paintings.

"I've been signed to a lot of labels in my time: EMI, Sony, Festival. Going down this path means it's my path - I won't be waiting for someone else to make a decision in order to move forward," says Lloyd of the DIY move.

"It's a different landscape now."

For fans at home, Lloyd's latest listen is long overdue.

"I don't want to jinx this record, but it's great," he said.

"I did things I hadn't really done before - and I'm proud of that."

Lloyd will be playing at the Hoey Moey on Thursday night with special guests The Young Lions. 



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