‘Somewhere Else’ is an album with the piano at its heart. Alex describes the piano as possessing a therapeutic magnetism for him, having originally turned to the instrument as a way of regulating the symptoms of his Tourette's syndrome. A jazz-like preoccupation with improvisation is embedded within the album, each track was brought to the studio slightly incomplete allowing for spontaneity during the recording process.
As encapsulated by the album’s artwork, ‘Somewhere Else’ is conceived as a collage of memories, locations, and timbres; comprised of pieces tied together by a wider rumination on place, distance, and perspective. From reflections on childhood memories to elegies for lost friends, every track carries an evocative title and presents an attempt to distill one or more past experiences inminiature by capturing fragmentary snapshots of moments, characters, andlife-phases. The record as a whole stands out as a deeply reflective work - a musical approach to autobiographical writing.