Released this year on always-adored Brooklyn label, Orchid Tapes, Alex G’s DSU is the Philadelphia band’s first official release. Alex G, aka 21-year-old Alex Giannascoli, has been posting bedroom-recordings online since 2010 on his Bandcamp page. The recordings are getting their due and then some. The first and second pressing of the 13-track album on vinyl have already sold out (don’t worry, the third pressing can still be pre-ordered). Warble-y vocals and layered guitar melodies (RIYL: Elliott Smith, Built to Spill) make Alex G’s sound. Filled with infectious tracks like album-closer “Boy”, with its are full of sunny earnestness and tinkling piano, DSU is quickly becoming one of the most underrated albums of the year.
Also riding the underrated wave of lo-fi bedroom pop is Alex G’s labelmate, Elvis Depressedly. New Alhambra will be released sometime this year. Elvis Depressedly is the project of Mat Cothran, a South Carolina native, who also gave us Coma Cinema. Coma Cinema and Elvis Depressedly share the same dark spheres of hopeless-youth lyrics. Where Coma Cinema plays up sunny melodies, Elvis Depressedly owns a more darker tinge but still maintains a pop-y sound. Cothran and Delaney Mills teamed up to record Elvis Depressedly’s Holo Pleasures EP early last year. Cothran has already dropped hints that this may be his last tour, for what sounds like forever in this Impose Magazine interview.
Listen to an acoustic version of Alex G’s “Boy” below.