God Save The Animals: Clear Vinyl LPWIGLP507X
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Label: Domino Recordings
Release Date: 23rd September
What a joy it is to see an artist grow from bedroom artist, who made lo-fi indie pop earworms to becoming an experimental and boundary pushing alt-rock artist whose sonic palette touches on noise rock, mbv shoegaze and elements of synth-horror soundtracks and that's just on the single 'Blessing'.
For those who dig: a kind of former bedroom pop artist making Trent Reznor sounds but still with an element of Modest Mouse and American alt-rock and indie.
“God” figures in the new album from Philadelphia, PA based Alex Giannascoli's LP’s title, its first song, and multiple of its thirteen tracks thereafter, not as a concrete religious entity but as a sign for a generalized sense of faith (in something, anything) that fortifies Giannascoli, or the characters he voices, amid the songs’ often fraught situations.
Beyond the ambient inspiration of pop, Giannascoli has been drawn in recent years to artists who balance the public and hermetic, the oblique and the intimate, and who present faith more as a shared social language than religious doctrine.
As with his previous records, Giannascoli wrote and demoed these songs by himself, at home; but, for the sake of both new tones and “a routine that was outside of my apartment,” he asked some half-dozen engineers to help him produce the “best” recording quality, whatever that meant. The result is an album more dynamic than ever in its sonic palette.