I was recently alerted to a beautiful song called “Early Nights” by Anthony Lexa. What struck me about this song was its simplicity and sincerity. For once, it’s refreshing to hear a piece of music that isn’t bogged down by excessive production and over-the-top songwriting. As it turns out, Anthony Lexa is the 23-year-old star of the popular Netflix teen comedy-drama series “Sex Education,” playing the character Abbi, in the final season of the show that aired recently. Although, I had no idea she was also a talented musician. Nevertheless, since having been made aware, it’s great to see her music career slowly gaining recognition.
I think that Anthony’s commitment to authenticity and representation in all her creative endeavours is truly admirable. Similarly, I was particularly impressed by her casting in a TV role as part of a trans couple, which is an important step forward in terms of representation. Anthony herself has spoken on this, declaring “the art I would have only dreamed of seeing in the media when I was growing up”.
Similarly in her music, Lexa is dedicated to being a public, vocal, and proud trans woman. In her work, she aspires to create content “that will hopefully make a lot of young people feel represented”.
Anthony Lexa elaborates, “‘Early Nights’ is an alt pop bop to get the sad girls who crave healthy relationships dancing. It was written after becoming fed up of being fetishised by men, and feeling like a wholesome, stable relationship was unattainable for me as a trans woman. I was bored of being a secret or a midnight booty call, when all I really craved was an early night and someone to do the dishes for me”.
Anthony has a compelling style that seamlessly fuses indie-pop and spoken-word rap to produce a one-of-a-kind sound. In the track “Early Nights” her lyrics are deeply moving and resonate with the human experience profoundly. Each time I listen to her music I discover something different. It’s an experience that I highly recommend to anyone looking for something fresh and captivating to listen to. So, make sure to check it out when you have some free time!