The Record Exchange is hosting a Domino Recording Company Treefort Showcase at 4:30pm Wednesday, March 23, during Treefort Music Fest. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — Treefort pass not required to attend. Treefort Music Fest runs March 23-27 and we have 5-day, 1-day, under-21 and main stage passes for sale at the store!
We’re partnering with one of our favorite independent labels to give you a taste of the Domino bands performing at Treefort. Hear live sets from Domino artists Alex G and Your Friend, enter to win Domino vinyl and other goodies, and score a Domino vinyl tote bag when you purchase albums by Alex G, Your Friend or Porches. All three artists are performing later in the evening as part of the official Treefort Day 1 lineup!
ABOUT ALEX G
Not long after he finished recording Beach Music, his seventh full-length and Domino debut, Alex Giannascoli found himself in unfamiliar territory. “I took the record to a studio,” he says, “to get it mixed and mastered by some pros. But I was really nervous—usually, I’d just do everything myself and then put it out myself. I have this really precise vision and the best understanding of what I want to do.”
Over the course of six self-recorded and mostly self-released LPs, that vision has come to bear in frequently breathtaking, innately melodic forms. As Alex G, the Philadelphian singer-songwriter has built and feverishly shared a body of work unassuming in its presentation but astounding in its depth, a stream of recordings so rich and expansive that settling on a favorite song is nearly impossible: The moment you finally choose one, you discover another you hadn’t heard yet.
Beach Music was written and recorded in Giannascoli’s apartment, between the Fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015, during breaks from touring with the likes of Elvis Depressedly, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Gardens & Villa. While its predecessors often came in uninterrupted bursts—from his head to his Bandcamp page in a matter of hours and days—Beach Music was shaped in part by Giannascoli adapting to life as a touring musician. Songs were written within months of one another rather than all at once, with influences ranging from noise music to piano-based laments to Southern rock to the rhythmic focus of techno—whatever he happened to be most interested in at the time. “Every song is coming from a different place,” he says. “It branches off in all these directions, but it has its own sound. It’s not something I do intentionally, but I’m the common thread.”
The result is Giannascoli’s most cohesive and beautiful work to date, as heard in the iridescent guitars of “Bug,” the starlit whispers of “Mud,” and the singularly strange harmonics of “Brite Boy.” Some feature parts of songs that he began writing as a kid; all are haunting additions to a songbook whose rewards continue to evolve and multiply with every listen. “I wanted this album to sound really warm and unpretentious and unfiltered,” he says. “I wanted to make music that was completely honest, music that was coming really naturally to me. I don’t know what or who I am if I’m not writing songs.”
ABOUT YOUR FRIEND
Miller began writing the songs that would become Gumption at her studio space and apartment in Lawrence, KS after returning from touring in mid-2014. Recorded with producer Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Deerhunter) at the Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, Your Friend fulfilled a penchant for drones, loops and found sounds. “I paid attention to textures,” Miller says. “I was trying to remove myself from an approach that I had followed before, but to be able to bring in that melodic element that is most inherent to me, and marry it with a more sonically meditative landscape.”
Gumption deals with growing pains that come from self-inducing this sense of quiet that can be uncomfortably revealing. “I was sitting with myself so much, I got to know myself in ways I liked and ways I didn’t like,” Miller admits. Gumption is a record of courage, as its title suggests — of having the willingness to make necessary shifts, and to have a sense of self-awareness that ultimately leads to growth.
RECORD EXCHANGE TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE
Domino Treefort Showcase with Alex G and Your Friend Wednesday, March 23 4:30pm RSVP
Secret In-store Thursday, March 24 5pm RSVP
Aan Second Chance Treefort In-store Friday, March 25 2pm RSVP
Secret In-store Friday, March 25 5pm RSVP
Tender Loving Empire x Treefort Showcase Saturday, March 26 noon-4pm RSVP
Secret In-store Sunday, March 27 3:30pm RSVP
FULL TREEFORT SCHEDULE
All Record Exchange in-store events are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one because you don’t want to miss out on the #treefort2016 action).