(Sandy) Alex G

Alex G
Alex G performing at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Brisbane, 2018
Alex G performing at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Brisbane, 2018
Background information
Birth nameAlexander Giannascoli
Also known as(Sandy) Alex G (2017–20)
Born (1993-02-03) February 3, 1993 (age 28)
Havertown, Pennsylvania
GenresIndie rock, bedroom pop, Indie folk
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
  • keyboards
  • bass
Years active2010–present
Labels
Associated actsFrank Ocean, Emily Yacina
Websitesandyalexg.com

Alexander Giannascoli (born February 3, 1993), better known by his stage names Alex G or, formerly, (Sandy) Alex G,[1] is an American musician, producer, and singer-songwriter. He started his career with DIY self-releases on Bandcamp and began building up an audience with his label debut, DSU (2014), released on Orchid Tapes to critical acclaim from various publications. He later signed with Lucky Number, who reissued his earlier releases, Rules and Trick (2012). In 2015, he signed with Domino Recording Company and released his sixth studio album, Beach Music. He followed it in 2017 with Rocket, which received further acclaim and recognition. Giannascoli's eighth studio album, House of Sugar, was released in 2019.

Early life and career[]

Giannascoli was born in 1993 in Havertown, Pennsylvania.[2] At age 11, when his parents bought an Apple computer, he learned how to play his brother's guitar and began recording music.[3][4] While attending Haverford High School, Giannascoli made two albums that he shared with friends.[5] He experimented with different musical styles while making collaborative music, which included the "goth techno" he made with his sister, as well as the projects involving his high school band The Skin Cells, described as "pop rock that accidentally ended up being punk".[3] In 2011, Giannascoli enrolled at Temple University, where he studied English but eventually dropped out to pursue a musical career.[2][5]

After self-releasing various albums, EPs, and singles on Bandcamp from 2010–2012, Giannascoli's popularity spread through word of mouth, blogs, and reverence by other musicians.[6] The Fader called Giannascoli "the internet's secret best songwriter."[3] This led to Orchid Tapes signing Giannascoli to their roster, as well as the release of his label debut, DSU (2014),[3] which garnered acclaim from music critics.[7] Following the release of the album, Giannascoli went on tour throughout North America and Europe.[5] In November, DSU was released by Lucky Number in Europe on all formats with two new bonus tracks. The label later also reissued his two preceding releases, 2012's Rules and Trick.[8]

In 2015, Giannascoli signed with Domino Recording Company and released his debut with the label and sixth overall studio album, Beach Music, on October 9.[9] The following year, Giannascoli worked with Frank Ocean on his albums Endless and Blonde, providing guitars and arrangements for several songs.[10]

On March 2, 2017, Giannascoli announced that his second album with Domino, entitled Rocket, would be released on May 19 and shared the first two singles, "Bobby" and "Witch".[11][12] On April 4, Giannascoli announced the change of his stage name from Alex G to (Sandy) Alex G, with no further explanation, and shared another single from the album, "Proud".[13][14] The music publication Spin attributed the name change to a legal conflict with singer and YouTuber Alex Blue, who was operating at the time under the trademarked name "Alex G".[15] On choosing the name 'Sandy', Giannascoli said it "was the first thing [he] put on Bandcamp" and that he had "just used that ‘Sandy’ as a sort of [social media] tag" since then.[16] On May 4, he released two more singles, "Brick" and "Sportstar", before the release of the album. Rocket received further acclaim from music critics and appeared on multiple publications' year-end lists of the best albums of 2017.[17]

Giannascoli's eighth studio album, House of Sugar, was released on September 13, 2019. The album received positive reviews and placed 17th on Pitchfork's year-end best albums list.[18] In June 2020, he dropped "(Sandy)" from his stage name, returning to going by Alex G.[19]

Musical style[]

Giannascoli's music is often characterized as indie rock with a lo-fi or "bedroom pop" aesthetic due to him recording all of his music by himself in his home. He is frequently compared to singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, who is an influence of his. Other comparisons include Built to Spill and The Martinis.[3] The Philadelphia Inquirer praised him as "a particularly gifted melody writer" whose "fuzzy, sometimes distorted songs, which hark back to slightly askew 1990s bands such as Pavement, can't hide his skill as a pop craftsman and a constructor of elliptical narratives that call for repeated listening."[5] He stated that his creative process consists of him usually working alone in his room with his guitar and adding other instruments later. When asked about working in a professional recording studio, he replied, "I feel like I'm eventually going to have to do that, but I just don't want to. Because I don't know how to work all that stuff, and I don't want anyone else to have control. I just want to follow my own ideas, and I'm uncomfortable doing it any other way."[5]

Discography[]

Studio albums[]

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Heat.

[20]
US
Indie

[21]
Race
Winner
  • Released: July 4, 2011[23]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Rules
  • Released: January 16, 2012[24]
  • Label: Self-released[a]
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette, digital download
Trick
  • Released: November 6, 2012[25]
  • Label: Haze Tapes [a]
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette, digital download
DSU
  • Released: June 17, 2014
  • Label: Orchid Tapes
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette, digital download
Beach Music
  • Released: October 9, 2015
  • Label: Domino
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette, digital download
9
Rocket
  • Released: May 19, 2017
  • Label: Domino
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette, digital download
7 23
House of Sugar
  • Released: September 13, 2019[26]
  • Label: Domino
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette, digital download
5 16

Live albums[]

List of live albums, with selected details
Title Details
Live at Third Man Records
  • Released: June 25, 2018[27]
  • Label: Third Man
  • Format: LP, digital download

Extended plays[]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Details
Easy
  • Released: August 21, 2011[28]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Paint
  • Released: September 9, 2013[29]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Split 7"[]

Title Details
Alex G / R.L. Kelly Split
  • Released: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[]

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Sandy" 2011 non-album singles
"Good"
"Lucy" 2013
"Joy"
"Hollow"[30] 2014 DSU
"Harvey"[31]
"Bug"[32] 2015 Beach Music
"Salt"[33]
"Kicker"[34]
"Bobby"[11] 2017 Rocket
"Witch"[11]
"Proud"[13]
"Brick"[17]
"Sportstar"[17]
"Gretel" 2019 House of Sugar
"Hope"
"Southern Sky"
"Near"

Crs[]

Title Year Artist Album Cr(s)
"Always" & "Rebecca" 2014 Cold Foamers All Cold Everything Writing (2 songs); recording, producing
"Possession (Full)" 2016 Julia Brown An Abundance of Strawberries Writing, recording (coda)
"Wither" Frank Ocean Endless[35] Guitars
"Slide On Me"
"Rushes"
"Higgs"
"Self Control" Blonde[36] Guitars, arrangement
"White Ferrari"
"Leave the House" 2018 Porches The House[37] Backing vocals
"Savage Good Boy" 2021 Japanese Breakfast Jubilee[38] Production, piano, synthesizers

Music videos[]

List of music videos, showing year released, director(s) and album name
Title Year Director(s) Album Ref.
"After Ur Gone" 2013 Linnea Nugent DSU
"Sorry" 2014 Sirus F. Gahan
"Hollow" John Vizzone
"Harvey" Colin Acchione
"Bug" 2015 Micah Van Hove Beach Music
"Kicker" John Vizzone
"Brite Boy" Elliot Bech
"Mud" 2016 Alex Giannascoli and Colin Acchione
"Bobby" 2017 Colin Acchione Rocket
"Gretel" 2019 Zev Magasis House of Sugar
"Hope" Puppet made by Madalyn Freeman
"Southern Sky" Elliot Bech

Notes[]

  1. ^ a b Reissued and remastered by Lucky Number on March 23, 2015.[8]

References[]

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  29. ^ "Paint | Alex G". Bandcamp. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
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  33. ^ "Alex G's Beach Music Out Today, Shares Video For 'kicker'". Domino. October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
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  38. ^ Jubilee (liner notes). Japanese Breakfast. Dead Oceans. 2021. DOC225.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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