Alex G
Beach Music


4.5
superb

Review

by psandy USER (13 Reviews)
September 14th, 2016 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Life was easy for a dog like me, I ran faster than anybody.

Although this is his major label debut, it wouldn’t be accurate to say that Alex G is a changed man. Either by meticulous crafting or complete lack thereof, Alex has managed to retain his signature sound; even evolve it with a stride greater than any that came before. His previous efforts, released solely via Bandcamp, felt like buried treasure. Alex has always had a knack for concocting subtly haunting yet heartfelt tunes, utilizing the juxtaposition of his jangly guitar riffs and vulnerable falsetto to paint a portrait of instability. However, these are unmistakably confident recordings. Rightfully so, as Alex has had plenty of time to establish his sound. The nature of his career thus far gives Beach Music the aura of a record crafted by a fully-realized artist.

Longtime fans will be pleased to hear that nothing contained herein abounds with accessibility; on the contrary, it seems as though Alex has taken the opportunity to indulge a bit more. This is especially apparent in his repeated usage of pitch-shifting, a practice he has employed effectively to craft harmonies, and sometimes as a means of disassociation (e.g. “Brite Boy” features call-and-response pitch-shifted vocals). His lyrics almost always read like personal poetry: rough, unedited, and personal experience-laden. The honesty of this writing style ultimately shines through, most jarringly in the bare trumpet/piano composition “In Love.” Alex undoubtedly has a knack for creating atypical melodies, as is apparent in “Ready.” These melodies and the craftsmanship involved in making them work commands the listener’s attention.

Upon a closer listen of Beach Music, the airy and atmospheric qualities of the record are drawn to the forefront. Subtle white noise is present in quieter songs, and the addition and subtraction of this white noise corresponding to the addition and subtraction of instrument tracks gives the listener an interesting insight into Alex’s recording process. This seems to have a strangely humanizing effect on the relatively inaccessible tracks and serves to further the honesty of the record. Ultimately, Beach Music is a testament to Alex’s dedication to his craft; his hard work has most definitely paid off.



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psandy
September 14th 2016


280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you sputnik for providing me with a platform to write and foster my love for music/music criticism. I'm very appreciative of the community here.



As always, feedback is welcome. I really, really enjoyed this record and I think you will too.

Snake.
September 14th 2016


23713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos

YakNips
September 14th 2016


19996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this didn't have a review?



great record and this piece does it justice, pos

GmemberKills
September 14th 2016


3839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not quite as good as DSU or Trick for me but still a awesome album. Nice to see it finally get a review as well.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2016


45903 Comments


this sounds interesting and great review man pos'd

GmemberKills
September 15th 2016


3839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you should check alex g rowan

timebetweentrains
September 15th 2016


88 Comments


Nice write up. I love all of Alex G's stuff. DSU and Rules have been my favorite thus far.

psandy
September 16th 2016


280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks all, appreciate ya. This record really grew on me.

Snake.
March 2nd 2017


23713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new album in the works!!!!!!

YakNips
March 2nd 2017


19996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

two new songs



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPuxLpVus-k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G40rzZOHna8

GmemberKills
March 2nd 2017


3839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

should be a 3.5 at least



i don't know if alex g will ever craft a true classic, but i feel like he will always put out something solid

luci
May 20th 2017


12673 Comments


new one is stunning

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2017


3823 Comments


Yes, the new one is beautiful. Still need to check his back catalogue, only heard Race and Rocket now.

Digging: Corbin - Ghost With Skin

Conmaniac
September 5th 2017


26670 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

giving this album a listen

Conmaniac
September 5th 2017


26670 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this one started off amazing, Bug/Kicker esp. the longer songs near the middle/end were a bit slow for my tastes but overall enjoyable stuff

GmemberKills
September 5th 2017


3839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this has some classic tracks, buts it's less consistent than some of the albums before this.



you should still check out Easy, & Race if you haven't yet. Very overlooked gems, and shows a slightly different side to Alex G's sound

Conmaniac
September 6th 2017


26670 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna relisten to DSU first but I will thanks man

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2017


3823 Comments


Yes, I love Race a lot, some great songs on that one.

Cormano
May 30th 2019


2996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

snot is still a fukin bop

MotokoKusanagi
November 9th 2021


4035 Comments


white bird in a black cloooud



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