When it comes to the music of (Sandy) Alex G, there are no rules. (And yes, the “Sandy” part is a recent addition to his moniker.) But that’s the brilliance of being such a dynamic singer-songwriter–especially one who is as DIY as Alex Giannascoli. If he wants to sing about life and making a mess of it, he can. If he wants to sing about love and having fun, he can. And if he wants to play a song that’s poppy or folky or even a bit country, then he can do that, too. But that’s just part of his indie charm, inspired by the freedom of his initial releases on Bandcamp, and it’s a vision that continues to be celebrated on his latest record called Rocket, released on Domino Records. It’s an album that’s best described as being “unassuming” according to Alex, and is basically a run-on story about made-up characters that are dealing with real-life situations that he feels as though his listeners can greatly relate to.
The two previous albums by (Sandy) Alex G called DSU and Beach Music are what first catapulted his bedroom-created music into the “mainstream” world, which in turn also transformed his world completely. He literally went from being this young college kid from Philly, playing all these DIY venues that were once so full of familiar faces, to being on everyone’s radar when it came to his lo-fi, bleached Elliott Smith sound that also led him to contributing on two of Frank Ocean’s albums. For being such a young singer, life suddenly got big.
But for artists like (Sandy) Alex G who write songs that are so fiercely relevant and organic and experimental at the same time, people are bound to talk about it and they’re going to want more of it, too. Luckily there are plenty of songs to choose from over the course of his lengthy, indie-as-hell discography.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
w/ Japanese Breakfast, Cende