(Sandy) Alex G, a.k.a. the singer, songwriter, and musician Alex Giannascoli, has released much anticipated album, House of Sugar, the Philadelphian’s ninth release.
Before signing with Domino in 2015, (this album is his third release via Domino Records), Alex G had established his cult status over the course of six self-recorded and largely self-released LPs. Admired and revered by fans and peers alike, those early records were for the aficionados and well, those that could get their hands on them. Domino has done the fans, nor Alex, no disservice, as his credibility has continued to expand and develop with the release of 2015’s Beach Music, and acclaim surrounding the 2017 offering, Rocket.
Oft a reminder of Badly Drawn Boy with the jaunty indie fare, Alex G’s record is on par with the works of Connan Mockasin, or Jeffery Lewis for the songwriting and delivery.
Giannascoli began writing the songs that would culminate the House of Sugar in the Autumn of 2017. With more direction and guided effort than some of his earlier releases, Alex G has altered his processes over the years, with this compilation of tracks being laboured over with more focus than we have seen of him previous. Giannascoli once again worked closely with Jacob Portrait to balance the album, he also mixed both Rocket and 2015’s Beach Music.
Adventurous and ambitious, House of Sugar is demonstrative of the transient capacity of his vernacular, a thirteen-track wonder that begins with sounds similar to Beck’s work, a discordant Walk Away, and concludes with a live rendition of the heart-rendering SugarHouse, reminiscent of some of Springsteen’s classics. Varied and progressive, House of Sugar is a wonderful example of the work of Alex Giannascoli. Southern Sky soulful and indie simultaneously, Near a mix of the experimental, obtuse, and filthy bass, Bad Man treads on hip hop, combined with synth and folk noise. There really is no track that retains similarities to the other twelve, as you race through the House of Sugar. A delicious mix of many varied gourmet delights, I will be stopping in by his releases again.
House of Sugar is out now, via Domino Records.