|Artist:||Alex G||Added:||Jul 2017|
|Label:||Domino Recording Company|
|Add Date:||2018-01-10||Pull Date:||2018-03-14|
|Week Ending:||Mar 11||Mar 4||Feb 25||Feb 18||Feb 11||Feb 4||Jan 28||Jan 21|
|1.||Feb 13, 2023:||Pest Control
|4.||May 08, 2019:||nearby galaxies
|2.||Feb 13, 2021:||Hanging in the bone yard
|5.||Apr 24, 2019:||nearby galaxies
|3.||Nov 19, 2019:||nearby galaxies
|6.||Nov 26, 2018:||regular school
Favorites: 2, 4, 5, 8, 14
1) “Poison Root” (2:25) – Strummed acoustic guitar with minimal touches of banjo, string, and piano—kind of a mix of indie folk and alt-country. Abrupt ending.
2) “Proud” (4:59)* – A leisurely, rootsy Americana tune dominated by acoustic guitar. If I heard it on a playlist of alt-country in the ’90s it’d fit right in. The good news is, we got an FCC-clean version of this song; while the omission of the expletive is obvious (the song goes completely silent for a half-second), this means the song is safe to play. Yay!
3) “County” (3:02) – A peculiar, gently psychedelic track that sounds almost like something The Flaming Lips would do. It’s tonally at odds with the lyrical content, which is about a kid who dies of a drug overdose in county jail—and our fascination with such stories.
4) “Bobby” (3:43)* – Song sits at the happy midpoint between “Poison Root” and “Proud”—a laid-back alt-country number. Strummed acoustic guitar with a prominent use of fiddle.
5) “Witch” (2:40)* – An oddly haunting track that folds in electric guitar, piano, and drums over a repeated acoustic guitar riff. It makes me think of something The Shins or Animal Collective would’ve done in the mid-2000s.
6) “Horse” (2:04) – A disorienting instrumental with clattering percussion, jittery piano, and a queasy, distorted bass riff. Not much reason to play this one on the air.
7) “Brick” (2:12) – FCC “f***.” A brash, lo-fi punk rock song. In fact, it makes me wonder if someone slipped a Death Grips song onto the album as a prank. The lyrics are pretty much unintelligible, but Giannascoli drops repeated F-bombs in the choruses. I didn’t care much for this track, and if you don’t like Death Grips, neither will you.
8) “Sportstar” (3:51)* – A very odd song. On one hand, it’s a piano ballad, but the vocals are Auto-Tuned, and there’s a choppy, distorted electric guitar in the first half. Giannascoli worked with Frank Ocean on Blonde, and the latter’s influence is clear here.
9) “Judge” (2:30) – A rhythmic, oddly-shaped acoustic guitar riff anchors the song. Other than intrusions of guitar feedback and some sort of high-pitched instrument, I’m having a hard time coming up with other notable qualities of this song.
10) “Rocket” (1:59) – Piano and mandolin make this instrumental a much more folk-indebted, less unsettling instrumental than “Horse.” Still, nothing I’d play for listeners.
11) “Powerful Man” (3:39) – The alt-country vibes return in full force on this track, with its acoustic guitar, plinking piano and hearty fiddle. Giannascoli’s lyrics about a friend going to jail and a stressed-out mother are some of his most straightforward and affecting writing on the album. That said…watch out for the abrupt ending.
12) “Alina” (3:03) – This song seems to pick up right where the last one left off, but at the same time it’s a lot like “Witch” in that it has a strong flavor of early Animal Collective. It’s a lush little piece with acoustic guitar, piano, and a gentle click-clack of percussion.
13) “Big Fish” (2:12) – A practically spartan track with Giannascoli’s hushed singing and softly-strummed acoustic guitar, and subtle squeaks and whirrs of electric guitar.
14) “Guilty” (3:34)* – This track sounds like a pastiche of cocktail jazz, and it works surprisingly well. It’s got this smooth, jazzy saxophone and a bossa nova-inspired rhythm section—the bass line is delicious—but then there’s a soft, pillowy synthesizer filling up the empty space of the song and a noodly, clean electric guitar. Ends abruptly.