Samantha Urbani – “Alien” (Rexy Cover)

British pop duo Rexy released their first and only album, Running Out Of Time, in 1981 and it’s since become an underground influence for left-of-center pop artists, Samantha Urbani being one of them. The New York-based musician used to lead the band Friends, and last summer we heard two really promising tracks that she released as a solo act: “U Know I Know” and “1 2 3 4.” Urbani debuted a cover of Rexy’s “Alien” today and announced that her new label URU will reissue Running Out Of Time alongside the London’s Lucky Number. Urbani explained the impact Rexy has had on her music in a press release:

I first heard Running Out Of Time a few months after I had formed my own first (and only) band, Friends, and I heard natural similarities to the music I was already creating that made me feel very at home in listening to the album – like a companion that understood me – and enough differences to feel inspired, fascinated, and infatuated… There were songs about feeling alien amongst societally ‘normal’ humans, being suspicious of ‘music industry’ types who come off as vampiric, out of touch, and deceptive, songs about cops being scary righteous idiots, songs about forlorn yet zen-like acceptance of lost love – all things I felt so deeply at the time. And it was sung all in the most natural, un-self-conscious, spunky, sassy, and unaffected young woman’s voice – a record that was something truly punk, truly individualist, in that it was purely itself.

Listen to Urbani’s cover of “Alien” and the Rexy original below.

The Running Out Of Time reissue is out 3/18 via URU/Lucky Number.