Alex G is one of those crossover enigmas that music throws up from time to time. Despite being still a student, he is already on his fifth album and has garnered a cult following despite only ever releasing via the likes of Bandcamp.
With the bold, creative inventiveness of ‘DSU’ now getting a deserved physical reissue, it’s not hard to hear why he’s garnered such intense critical pant-wetting and comparisons with all sorts of major songwriting legacies.
With tracks ranging from the muscular whine of ‘Axesteel’ to the processed vocals and subtle, clipped electronics and beats of the captivating ‘Icehead’, ‘DSU’ is squarely an introspective bedroom recording (almost everything was played by Alex himself) but one that makes most lo-fi records look like pointless amateur noodlings in comparison.
The emotional highlight here is ‘Sorry’, a plaintive, relaxed song where Alex G’s fragile, imperfect vocal marks it out as almost certainly destined for an indie film soundtrack starring whoever is the next Emma Stone these days.
With the ‘proper’ release of ‘DSU’, Alex G is no longer the internet’s best kept secret, but this is enduring evidence that the purest, most interesting music inevitably comes without hefty production or marketing budgets.
Words: Mat Smith
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