Right, people. We've been listening to this in the office for what seems like the last 6 months and we think it's going to take you by storm. Think of all the '90's lo-fi greats (but particularly Pavement) rolled up into a one man slacker-pop songwriting machine and you are in the ballpark. Get in on the ground floor.
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- DSU by Alex G
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At least three of us here absolutely love this record to bits, It's become much like an old friend in the last couple of months since Lucky Number sent us the promo. It's a hard one to wax lyrical about mainly due to the fact it feels so familiar yet oddly fresh to our older ears. To us folk who grew up with the eccentric off-kilter lo-fi scrawl-rock of Pavement and the many imitators they spawned around the early to mid 90's, Alex G is our new hero.
His music stands out like a sore thumb by virtue of his undeniable knack for penning chiming semi-acoustic miniatures infused with dreamy bent-out-of-shape guitar hooks and discordant trails layered with soft laconic lullaby vocals. It's not difficult to hear the spectre of the legendary 'Slanted & Enchanted' throughout many songs on 'DSU', there's the horizontalist pace to proceedings, the steady casual thrum of bass, irreverence to such things as sonic mutation yet the breadth and scope of characterful songwriting is pretty damn high from beginning to end. Not all the tracks fit the same mold; the synth laced funky twang of 'Promise' is a wonderful, airy delight that breaks down the slighly samey vibe of the record but when the tunes are this chersihable it matter not that he doesn't veer far from his blissed-out, quirky template. To hear this dusty, homely brand of organic slacker pop executed so well in 2014 without coming over as mere dumbed-down copyism is something utterly celebratory.
With just a little bunch of highly sought-after tapes and CDr's previously to his name, this Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist has recently fleshed out a backing band to assist on live dates but I believe most of the work on this fabulous, charming record is all his own. Songs to curl up with whilst stroking the cat, dreaming the day away. I think college rock has a new chairman.
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