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November 2015
Alex G
"Beach Music
Amid increasingly high/steep expectations, Alex Giannascoli, a.k.a. Alex G, released his latest full-length album Beach Music via Domino. After a jarring, noise-laden percussive “Intro,” “Bug” crawls under your skin and skillfully into your head as its crisp guitar lays the foundation for the song’s mesmerizing tone, stripping down temporarily instrumentally - “and when you go there/you stay there/bug in the crosshair/you stay there.” A momentary electric guitar swell marks the return to movement.
The scratch of acoustic guitar chord changes, and a gloomy organ develops the rained-in, haunting sound of “Thorns.” Conversely, to the weathered weary sound of its predecessor, “Kicker” immediately jumps into action as advancing percussion/guitar dictates a forward blitz of lyrically rhymed oppositions - “White bird in a black cloud… big fight for a small right.” Wrapping tightly woven imagery into a steady downhill stomper, the track sits smooth, whilst retaining a gritty after bite.
“Salt” returns to that head-in-the-clouds, daydreaming ethereal bedroom vibe. Soaked in keys and accented by electronic percussion, the scene is set. “Into my big cloud, I’m flying all the time.” As he watches, opposing deep and child-esque soft vocals stir in a chanting manner, Alex questioningly reemerges - “Did you hear what I said? I’ve got salt in my head,” resolving his issue in a calm yet despairing manner. “Today I washed my hands, I want to be alone, I want to fry.” “Brite Boy” lifts with light-as-a-feather percussion, and its innocent beach-strolling instrumentation is underscored by a playful call-and-return vocal dialogue. Ushered in by the tandem of dashing trumpet and dreary keys, the artist tears himself open, and is left emotionally exposed. “Crying I’m running in love/losing in love/scratching in love/wired in love.”
Alex G continues to evolve, creating songs that aren’t afraid to expose life’s knack for pulling one individual simultaneously in multiple directions. That’s why Beach Music thrives in its ability to paint grey clouds within a sunny landscape or a ray of light bursting through a downpour. His honest, hypnotic melodies and its murkiness pull you in. - Michael Colavita

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Music For Headphones Hosting The Foreign Resort at Inciting HQ March 8

Music For Headphones Hosting The Foreign Resort at Inciting HQ March 8

Philly krautrock revivalist Music For Headphones will be hosting Denmark’s The Foreign Resort tonight at Inciting HQ. The Danish four-piece will be making their second trip to Philadelphia in less than a year as they get ready to head down to SXSW. Music For Headphones should have some new material to share from their upcoming album. Unfortunately, XD Records, who had signed the local natives and planned to release their record this year, announced in January that they would be no longer operational so Music For Headphones will be self-releasing the album via Evol Recordings. Opening the evening will be the “beer-battered” sounds of Faux Slang who are comprised of former members of This Radiant Boy and Barking Spiders as well as current members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Pet Milk, and The Rockers Galore. Inciting HQ, 940 N. Delaware Ave., 8pm, $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman


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