It's the new one from Alex G. Trick is the thirteen tracker from the Philadelphia based musician and songwriter. This is one for all the indie weirdos out there, with each track lead by Alex's wonky melancholic croon over an acoustic guitar, with some bits of casio keyboards and other lo-fi bits and bats. Think Mac Demarco & Elvis Depressedly. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Lucky Number.
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Alex G’s ‘DSU’ ran through a collection of makeshift indie pop tunes from a famous old decade before melting my heart, last minute, with “Boy”, a song about losing touch and feeling disconnected from those you’re closest to. A year later, he’s back with two albums recorded prior to ‘DSU’, now released separately. Old indie rockers were nothing if not prolific, and Alex G is paying tribute to his Pollards and Malkmuses with aplomb; it seems we might be in store for an endlessly renewing archive of material from a bright young mind who graciously endures the odd heart-breaking life milestone.
‘Trick’ is all the things that made Alex G’s songwriting compelling, rather than just nostalgic: you have to work through its discordance for the sweet spots, and its homegrown nature doesn’t make it more inviting but rather harder to deal with. Alex G’s on his prime whispering game on ‘Trick’, humming and wavering over intricately construed melodies and equally abashed instrumentation: saxophones play softly and distantly in “Forever” and guitars squeal on “Animals” like they’re feeling poorly. Quite lugubrious, is our Alex, subduing the romantic undertones of his music so that the dejection remains. It’s interesting to hear the wackier inclinations of his songwriting style combine with the misery, with funky keyboards and hand-drums squinting their way into the mix.
Alex G isn’t going to affect everyone in the same way, and it’s unlikely we’ll settle on a unanimous Best Song: the deep wound chords of “So” are my winner, transcending the stifled bedroom production Alex G maintains to sound spacier and grander. The hollowed out, Elliott Smith inspired “Change” is just as good by going in the complete opposite direction, because Alex G is an indie rock shape-shifter. ‘Trick’ is a lo-fi panorama.
Now go read Clint's review of 'Rules' and leave me alone.
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