‘Beach Music’ is Alexander Giannascoli’s seventh album release. He’s only 22 – an age that most people struggle to put together seven demos by. This impressively prolific bedroom troubadour has hit the indie big time this year, with this latest record his first for Domino.

Not unexpectedly, ‘Beach Music’ gives off a strong DIY vibe; the sound of a guy holed up in his apartment, where, indeed, this album was recorded. The oft-reeled-out Elliot Smith comparison seems justified on tracks like ‘Thorns’, too, with its muted melodies and fragile vocals. Yet this is a musically diverse collection of songs – on ‘Look Out’, Giannascoli conjures a shimmering, sparkling soundscape that sadly lasts less than two minutes, which segues straight into the simple melodic indie-pop of ‘Brite Boy’.

There is a seam of quality that runs all the way through this record, and Alex G is a young guy whose talent does in fact match his work rate and eagerness to share his music. No doubt we can expect his eighth album by the time we’ve had breakfast.


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