Concert preview: Alex G

Joel Oliphint

Last fallAlex Giannascoli, better known as Alex G, made the leap from mostly self-released Bandcamp albums to Domino Records, which releasedBeach Music in October. Even though he's only 23, Alex G has been writing and recording music in the Philadelphia 'burbs for 10 years, amassing an impressive seven LPs that sound homemade yet fully realized.

Giannascoli's first exposure to a wider audience came in 2014 with the release ofDSU, a collection of bedroom-pop gems that sounded likeElliott Smith fronting an agoraphobic version of Pinback. OnBeach Music, Alex G opted not to go big and slick, instead holding fast to his DIY roots and recording the album himself in his apartment.

Employing a drum machine, chorus-soaked electric guitar and brittle falsetto, "Salt" finds Alex G peering through his window at an object of desire who turns out to be not so desirable after all. "Don't take me with you," he sings. "I'm happy where I am." Elsewhere, on "In Love," Giannascoli sits at the piano and takes on a more nasal singing style, seemingly embodying an entirely new character, albeit one who's just as unsure about matters of the heart. "Running in love, losing in love, scratching in love, wired in love," he laments.

After this headlining tour, Alex G will return to Columbus in September, opening for Built to Spill alongside Hop Along at Skully's.(Don't miss it)

Double Happiness

7 p.m. Sunday,

July 17

482 S. Front St.,

Brewery District

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