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      November 1, 2019

      Friday   8:30 PM

      128 NE Russel Street
      Portland, Oregon 97212

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      (Sandy) Alex G

      with Tomberlin, Slow Pulp
      Theres hardly a second when Alex Giannascolis voice cant be heard in Walk Away, the opener of his latest album, House of Sugar. The distended, pitched-up wail that introduces the track gives way to cascading layers of his more familiar intonations. Someday Im gonna walk away from you, he sings; not today. These are the songs only words, repeated again and again for more than four minutes. In the repetition, emphasis shifts from someday to not today" and back, leaving the listener in a space of uncertainty. Its in this space that Giannascolithe 26-year-old artist better known as (Sandy) Alex Glingers throughout the albums thirteen songs: between backwards and forwards, past and future, one voice and another. On House of Sugar, his third full-length for Domino and ninth overall, Alex inhabits a diverse range of musical and emotional points-of-view (often simultaneously), in turn illuminating the tension that hides in the shadow of desire.Giannascoli began writing these songs in the fall of 2017, having just finished a tour for House of Sugars acclaimed predecessor, Rocket, and moved into a new apartment in Philadelphia. Whereas with earlier efforts, such as 2011s self-released Winner or the landmark 2014 release DSU, hed write numerous songs fairly quickly, with House of Sugar Giannascoli worked at a steadier pace, concentrating on fewer songs and laboring over each one more than before.After building the tracks at home, recording most of the guitars, keyboards, and vocals himself, Giannascoli enlisted some recurring bandmates and collaborators to help realize further aspects of the album: Samuel Acchiones wailing electric guitar on Walk Away, John Heywoods bass underneath Taking, Tom Kellys drums giving Hope its bounce, Molly Germer underscoring Southern Sky on violin. Throughout the process Giannascoli worked closely with Jacob Portrait, who mixed both Rocket and its predecessor, 2015s Beach Music, and here helped to balance each of House of Sugars dense, multi-faceted tracks. As the product of extended focus and planning, House of Sugar emerges as Giannascolis most meticulous, cohesive album yet: a statement of artistic purpose, showing off his ear for both persistent earworms and shifting textures.

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