Today, Surrey, England born and bred 18-year-old artist Rex Orange County is sharing his debut album. Apricot Princess is available now across all digital platforms. The Apricot Princess release comes one week after Rex shared a Sam Hiscox directed video for “Untitled,” the lead single from the project.
Fed up of school and his sleepy hometown, Alex O’Connor started Rex Orange County in his mid-teens, uploading his bedroom-produced debut bcos u will never b free to Bandcamp after falling in love with Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange and productions by Thundercat and Toro Y Moi. After his debut release drew him towards collaborators like Badbadnotgood, Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch, Rex began putting together the bones of his debut album proper; a collection that hones in on “general positivity,” meeting a girl, discovering London and breaking free from boredom – Apricot Princess. Swinging between up-tempo full-band jams to lazy, guitar-and-vocal love songs, the album showcases the range of an artist beyond his 18 years.
Rex made his radio host debut on Beats 1 with his aptly named Apricot Radio last night. Album tracks “Happiness” and “Never Enough” also had premiere spins with Matt Wilkinson and Mistajam for Beats and Radio 1 respectively. To date Rex has released three singles: “UNO,” “Best Friend,” and “Sunflower.”
On May 18th, Rex will be playing his debut US show at Sunnyvale in New York.
Hear Apricot Princess above, watch the “Untitled” video below along with all upcoming tour dates and album details.
5/11 – London, UK @ Peckham Liberal
5/12 – London, UK @ Peckham Liberal
5/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale
6/10 – Manchester, UK @ Parklife Festival
7/14 – London, UK @ Lovebox Festival
Listen to full LP here