Turning Heads with Augustus Welby

Alex Izenberg

July 27, 2020

Turning heads episode 12 features the Los Angeles musician Alex Izenberg. Alex's second solo album, Caravan Chateau, comes out on July 31, 2020, via Weird World/Domino. 

Alex recently turned 29 years old. He was born and raised and continues to live in Los Angeles, California. He’s been playing in bands for years and in 2016 released his debut solo album, Harlequin. 

Alex's music is evocative of late-60s/early-70s singer-songwriter, prog and psych rock/pop. It's all there on Caravan Chateau, which also touches on Laurel Canyon folk rock, David Axelrod-style experimentalism and Scott Walker-esque baroque pop.

Alex worked with a variety of LA producers on the album – Greg Hartunian produced the majority of tracks, and Dashiell Le Francis, Ari Balouzian and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado were all also involved. Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear mixed half of the tracks.

In the podcast, we speak about Alex's intentions for the new album, how he felt his debut didn’t get the reception it deserved. We spent a lot of time talking about his influences – Alex posted a playlist on Spotify called "Alex’s favs", which includes greats like Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Still and Nash, King Crimson, Elton John and Creedence Clearwater Revival and contemporary artists Fleet Foxes, Radiohead and Grizzly Bear. 

Find the playlist here:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1KmZItAlWWkR50OGpSesPQ?si=HahmKhb4QUa8n5PfJ9JxeA 

And check out the Turning heads guests playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5L6jSWXJx4INWyojMV86SW?si=8aCtA_FJSLSmmQEm7GOp2A 

Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. 

Play this podcast on Podbean App