After the resounding success of last year’s breakthrough album ‘DSU’, which made sure that Alex G’s name was being carried in excited whispers across the globe, ‘Trick’ and ‘Rules’ have been given the pro treatment. Originally released on Bandcamp a couple of years ago, these albums are the ones that helped Alex G to garner such a large and enthusiastic online following. Professionally mastered, they both sound better than they ever have before.
Trick by Philadelphia’s Alex Giannascoli, recording under Alex G, is not a new album per se - it is a collection of material previously available through Bandcamp, where Alex G made a name for himself, remastered. Save for the brevity of some of the songs, Trick doesn’t feel at all like a compilation, but a thoroughly satisfying follow-up released just a few short months after last year’s phenomenal DSU. Some proponents of the lo-fi sound could be accused of using that four-track aesthetic to mask a lack of flair for their songwriting.