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This week (Sandy) Alex G (aka Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Alex Giannascoli) announced a new album, “House of Sugar”, and shared a video for its first single, “Gretel.” House of Sugar is due out September 13th via Domino Recordings.

House of Sugar is Giannascoli’s ninth album overall and his third for Domino. It’s the follow-up to 2017’s Rocket. Jacob Portrait, who mixed both Rocket and 2015’s Beach Music, also worked on House of Sugar. Zev Magasis directed the “Gretel” video.  Despite the record’s title, the lead single from (Sandy) Alex G’s House of Sugar opens with striking darkness and bitterness before easing into the sweet. In “Gretel,” (Sandy) Alex G weaves two seemingly disparate talents of his — writing beautiful, melodic refrains and creating strange, unsettling soundscapes — into a captivating, fresh take on the Brothers Grimm.

“Gretel” appears on (Sandy) Alex G’s new album ‘House of Sugar’ – out September 13th, 2019 on Domino Recordings.

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We loved Rocket, the album (Sandy) Alex G released last year. The prolific singer-songwriter, ”[(Sandy) Alex G] wants to try it all. He’s as interested in mis-shaping a great song as he is perfecting it.” In 2017, (Sandy) Alex G became known for his collaborations with Frank Ocean and for experimenting with a new, twangy country influence. We can’t be sure, but today’s new track “Fay” may be an indication of where he’s headed next.

On “Fay,” (Sandy) Alex G — real name Alex Giannascoli — crafts a lush, soft pop landscape cast in unexpected darkness. “Here they come knockin’ at my door,” he warns, gently mimicking the sound of a police siren. “What’s the problem, Officer? What you knockin’ for?”

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Alex Giannascoli has been killing it since race and he has remained my favorite musician, lyricist, and overall artist for the past 2 years. Seeing him evolve off of his idiosyncratic sound and add onto it with more layers of experimentation and character is phenomenal. ive been waiting for this album for a long time

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“Rocket” is Philadelphia-based artist Alex G’s eighth full-length release—an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and self-released, stretching from 2010’s RACE to his 2015 Domino debut, Beach Music.

Amid the Rocket recording process, Alex G made headlines for catching the attention of Frank Ocean, who asked him to play guitar on his two 2016 albums, Endless and Blonde. More than any stylistic cues, what Alex took from the experience was a newfound confidence in collaboration. Rocket wears this collaborative spirit proudly, and in its numerous contributors presents a restless sense of musical experimentation – effortlessly jumping from distorted sound collage to dreamy folk music to bouncing Americana.

Rocket illustrates a cohesive vision of contemporary American experience; the cast of characters that Alex G inhabits have fun, fall in love, develop obsessions, get in trouble, and—much like rockets themselves—ultimately they burn out. Alex, though, in a collection of songs that’s both his tightest and most adventurous, is poised only for the ascent.

releases May 19th, 2017

Beach Music

Now rechristned Sandy (Alex G), the artist formerly known as, um, Alex G, is set to deliver his follow-up to his Domino Recordings debut Beach Music.

Rocket, mixed by Jacob Portrait, will be his eighth album since 2010. The prolific Philly-based singer/songwriter popped up on Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Endless last year and teasers from the new record reveal different sides to his evolving sound: “Witch” is rife with the psychedelic, lo-fi warmth we’ve come to know and love (although the baroque-y tones are a nice addition). “Bobby” on the other hand demonstrates Alex G’s ability to leap across genres, with country-western tones aplenty.

With the release of his Rocket album just a few weeks away, (Sandy) Alex G has shared two new songs from the upcoming record. Like the three tracks we’ve already heard from the album, “Sportstar” and “Brick” present two very different sounds from the Philadelphia artist — the first track is glossy and polished while the second is a two-minute hardcore headbanger. (Sandy) Alex G’s Rocket album is due out May 19th.

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Multi-instrumentalist Alex Giannascoli, aka Alex G, is gearing up to release a new full-length, Beach Music, on October 9th through new label home Domino. The 13-track effort follows DSU, and serves as his seventh to date. That’s the album artwork above.

Beach Music was recorded in Giannascoli’s apartment over the course of a few months between touring stints with Speedy Ortiz and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Much of the record was shaped by the artists coming to grips with life as a touring musician; a press release explains further:

Songs were written within months of one another rather than all at once, with influences ranging from noise music to piano-based laments to Southern rock to the rhythmic focus of techno—whatever he happened to be most interested in at the time. “Every song is coming from a different place,” he says. “It branches off in all these directions, but it has its own sound. It’s not something I do intentionally, but I’m the common thread.”

Our first look at the new album comes with “Bug”, a dreamy, lo-fi cut

ALEX G (SANDY) – ” Harvey “

Posted: January 24, 2015 in MUSIC
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To many people, 2014 was the year Alex G the G stands for Giannascoli, became something of a boy wonder. He’s got a dozen releases out there already, but “Harvey” sticks like almost nothing else released this year. It’s a clumsily beautiful track, wavering between delicate uncertainty and self-imposed solitude. The myth of undiscovered prodigy holds strong with the story of Alex G, he’s just some kid from north Philly, after all but he’s also the every man. check out the album “DSU” its blue collar rock streamed from the bedroom of a cool loner, which means there are almost no ways in which it ever isn’t appealing.

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The brilliantly talented songwriter from Philadelphia has been putting out albums online for a while, but he’s just crossed over with his latest one ‘DSU’. If you’re a fan of Pavement and The Flaming Lips, you need to hear him.

ALEX G (SANDY)- ” Hollow You “

Posted: December 9, 2014 in MUSIC
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“Alex Giannascoli, or Alex G as he prefers to be known, is one of those needles in a haystack. He’s a terrific example of how the ‘bedroom artist’ can use the internet as a way of actively and independently elevating their artistic career. Having previously self-released a whole heap of material through Bandcamp and cultivating an online cult following, it is the 21-year-old’s latest effort, DSU, that has become one of 2014’s unsung heroes. It’s a truly refreshing listen that has an honesty attached to it that is immediately relatable. Whether it’s the funky-frilled riff of ‘Promise’ or the roaring energy of songs such as ‘Black Hair’ and ‘Icehead’, there’s an exhilarating and timeless charm that surrounds the songs. Frequently unpredictable in style, Recorded by 21-year-old Alex Giannascoli in his bedroom with a microphone and a MacBook (and wrapped in a sleeve painted by his big sister), this homemade LP punched well above its weight when it came to sheer songcraft. Its fractured guitar-pop may have recalled Elliot Smith and Daniel Johnston, but ‘DSU’ revealed a unique new voice