Hailing from Los Angeles, Lexi Whatever is the musical project of songwriter Alexa Carrasco. Writing songs from a piano in her room, Lexi wrote her first song aged just 13, after a Japanese exchange student living in her house taught her to play chopsticks. Lexi has been making music ever since, and this week will share her efforts with the world with the release of her debut album, If You Call the Woman the Woman Comes.
Discussing the record, Lexi has suggested If You Call the Woman the Woman Comes is an album about trust, “I could always trust myself to write, but could I trust myself to let these songs breathe outside of a little notebook on my nightstand?” Much of the record seems to muse on what it is to be a woman in the modern world, balancing the expectations to be all things to all people, as Lexi explains, “I’m a girl, I’m a business lady, I’m a daughter, I’m a wife, I’m a freakin’ WOMAN”. Musically, it’s a veritable feast of styles from the Feist-like piano-pop of My Head, to the sombre intensity of Call On, with its plea for conversation and connection, “call on your best friend, tell them you’re fine, wait ’til they notice, that you’re not fine at all”. Perhaps best of all is Inbetween Machine, with its cavorting vocal melody and prominent bass, putting us in mind of Natalie Prass or Basia Bulat. If You Call the Woman the Woman Comes is an ambitious album, emerging with a polished perfection more commonly found in much more experienced songwriters; a brilliant new talent, for Lexi Whatever, there’s no limit to where her music could take her.
FTR: For those who don’t know who is Lexi Whatever?
Oh, that chick. JK that’s me! Obviously. My name is Alexa but Amazon made that a tough Google search, and I have many last names which we won’t get into why, but basically here we are. I write songs and play the piano and sing. I wrote my first song at 13 about not wanting to go to school. I think it started “I don’t want to go to school, I just want to stay cool inside my pool.”
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
I think it was the Spice Girls. So obviously it was EPIC. I saw their reunion tour too. Probably both times were at The Forum. My favorite was Sporty, not that I’m sporty, just, she was my favorite.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
I don’t really have a choice on the matter really. I’ve always written songs and as far as I know, I always will. It’s how I digest things I guess, make sense of them, remember them.
FTR: What can people expect from the Lexi Whatever live show?
I hope that happens again soon!!! Life is so strange right now. I guess you can expect me to pour my heart out, tell a bad/funny story, say too much, sing too loud. Oh also my band is really sexy.
FTR: What’s next for Lexi Whatever?
My first ever lil album out in the world!!!!! I could not be more ecstatic about that.
They Listen To…
Margo Guryan – What Can I Give You
Mirah – Sweepstakes Prize
Suburban Lawns – Janitor
Darling Kaye – Pick-up Game
Hopkins – Revival
If You Call The Woman, The Woman Comes is out August 7th. Click HERE for more information on Lexi Whatever.