Artist of the Month

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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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The Vegetable Kingdom is an extreme electronic music deconstructor, and he’s got a new track for you.

For those that aren’t familiar, Vegetable Kingdom typically makes tracks (a good many of which are found for free on his SoundCloud) that are heavily abstract and minimal in their elements. His songs are low on concurrently running parts and high on making those parts each play out together exactly. The result is a song-creation style based in rich and complex soundscapes that play on the idea of electronic music by breaking it down, which for some of us is a form of the genre that plays right into the kind-of intellectual and artistic edginess that, for all of its other good qualities, the poppier sides of the medium don’t generally have the capacity to reach.

The new track we’ve got for our listenin’ today is about as solid of a connection to more well-known and regularly structured stuff that The Vegetable Kingdom gets- a “remix” of Sufjan Stevens’ “Drawn to the Blood,” but you get those quotes because the VK version of the track warps the living fuck out of the original song. Vegetable Kingdom takes Sufjan’s melancholy indie prettiness and makes it into a heavy-hitting melodic electronic tune that’s overwhelming and badass for being so. It kind-of reminds me of the power in the darker, more complex hymns out there (I just heard a bunch at a funeral, so they’re on the mind), with both those and this track going for a really sensory attack and a mindset that’s all big, crashing, cosmic and dangerous.

This track is definitely from the school of remixing that produces an artist’s impression gathered from a song’s parts rather than a repackaging of the song; for instance, for a whole song fully of syllables (that Sufjan sure can stuff a song with words), the VK remix features just one small snippet of singing repeated infinitely over the wild and unhinged reworking of the instrumentals. Doing that with finesse enough to create a track that stands alone as a more abstract piece is hard, but The Vegetable Kingdom does just that with this entry. It’s good weird shit for sure, and music that is probably best experienced when talking isn’t going to happen for a while (Grade A thinking tunes), and we highly recommend that if you weren’t familiar with this artist’s music before and if you’re also into good weird shit, that you use this track as an introduction to a ferocious electronic artist.



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