Artist of the Month

deli cover



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

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

Go to the old Top 300 charts


scene blog


The Vale

If you miss the warmth and waves of summer than you need to check out the new album from The Vale. This lo-fi duo recorded their album, From Another Room, in the hazy of last summer and it is a dreamy collection lo-fi folk ditties. The Vale is Marissa Deitz and Chace Wall and together they have produced a quiet and intimate album that needs to be heard.

You can catch The Vale at Hungry Brain on March 17th.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Supreme Cuts "Envision"

Supreme Cuts have released a video for their track "Envision" which appears on their recent release Divine Ecstasy. The track features vocals from Channy of Polica.


Nick Van Horn "One Way Ticket"

"One Way Ticket" is the first single from the new album from Nick Van Horn. The track is quality, noisy, garage rock and shows a lot of promise for the March release.

You can catch Nick Van Horn at Reggie's with Mona Feel on March 9th.


Baby Baby

Baby Baby is a young band with a forceful garage pop sound. The band released their self-titled debut LP late last month shortly after making their stage debut.



Which of these local acts should be The Deli Philly's featured artist(s)?

[sponsored by]

stompbox exhibit

- news for musician and music pros -