(Sandy) Alex G
As a lover of all things experimental, this album hits all of the right spots.
I begin typing this after being truly changed from the seamless transition in the 6th track, “Horse“, into “Brick“. Now plays “Sportstar“. I knew the second the first track “Poison Root” hit my ears that I would have too much emotion and have to write about this one immediately; I was right. My introduction to the VISIONARY VESSEL that is (Sandy) Alex G was an odd one, and not what he deserved. I am ashamed.
I was 17, it was 2015, and the lofi band Teen Suicide was in town. They were opening for an artist named Alex, who I thought would be a pop song cover artist who goes by the same name (absolutely no disrespect to her). I left promptly after Teen Suicide’s set, like a fool. I purchased a record from both artists to support, and fell in love with Alex G’s DSU when I got home. Actually, Alex G is the music of Alex Giannescoli, from Philadelphia. Until signing with Domino Recording Co. (after that same 2015 tour to release his previous 2015 album Beach Music) Alex G was fairly hard to find traces of online due to his entire process from production to release being completely independent.
To this day I’m still convinced Alex G does not create for any audience, but rather, creates just to create. Sometimes I also wonder if he even knows he has an audience. Rocket was recorded to a laptop, as the rest of his releases have been and as his future releases will probably be. A bold move not even your local, underfunded pop-punk band would do. Rocket follows similar style as Alex G’s previous releases, however twists it, and unfolds his previously defined style in an experimental undefinable way.
His eighth full-length LP, Rocket, takes what was once primarily fuzzy, indie rock with noise influences is now a beautiful merge of jazz and country brought to life with piano, fiddle, synth, various brasses, his own ever-changing voice, and lotsa pushed boundaries. Having heard it all thorough several times now, I can tell you this: this album will sway you back and forth from his signature acoustic indie sound in songs like “Judge“, to country in “Proud“, to harsh noise in “Brick”, to jazzy ending track “Guilty” (where did 0:52 even COME FROM?) in a seamless and organic way.
As a lover of all things experimental, this album hits all of the right spots. Previous collaborator with Alex G, Emily Yacina also makes an ethereal appearance on track 4, “Bobby“, harmonizing with Alex G in lyrics from perspective of a despairing protagonist. This 14-track album really has something for everyone.
Check Alex G this summer out on his North American tour from June 2 from Washington, DC to July 8 to Philadelphia PA with Japanese Breakfast and Cende!