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Having made his name making the kind of homegrown, bedroom indie that has a tendency to find adoration one way or another, Alex Giannascoli, who performs under the name Alex G, has managed to find a way to stand apart thanks to his inherent aptitude for writing a song, as well as a penchant for exploration and experimentation. And now, with Beach Music, his seventh LP and first on Domino, he faces the task of living up to the expectations that come with taking a bedroom project a little further into the light.

Whereas many of the artists who have walked the same path as Alex G take a less adventurous road when releasing their first major record, the Philadelphian musician makes it clear from the get-go that he is not seeking to please everyone. The abstraction and eccentricity that has made his previous records, like 2014's breakthrough DSU, such a joy to listen to remains. Much like on tracks such as DSU's 'Promise,' Giannascoli finds a way to blend inspirations such as The Smiths, Ween, Elliott Smith, and the work of friends such as Elvis Depressedly into something uniquely his own.

The arrangements are generally delicate and seem to have a surface level simplicity to them. However, as the melodies meld themselves with your brain and your ears traverse the pleasing soundscapes, one quickly realizes that Beach Music is a lot more than just a pleasurable collection of songs.

Delicate piano and horns flood the heart on 'In Love,' while the ambiguity of 'Mud,' in which Alex G and Emily Yacina harmonize to taunt listeners with the knowledge that they "know something you don't know," find a way to tease the brain. Still, it is G's ability to handle love with the utmost care and respect that makes him such a delight.

The tenderness of a song like 'Brite Boy', in which Giannascoli pitches his voice up in order to sing affectionately to a love interest (possibly himself?), pulls all the right strings of the heart. "Bright boy, I can help you if you let me take your hand," he sings in his disguised female voice. "Bring you right to promise line." The song is presented with such emotional depth that it makes you want to pull your best friend near and give them a hug.

Such is the gift of Alex G. The seemingly simple is actually complex. The superficial gives way to something profoundly emotional. And Beach Music, which is a deceivingly simple title for an album of such depth, is the best collection yet from a young musician who has clearly honed on something truly worth noting.

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