(Sandy) Alex G - DSU
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2014 Ratings: #159 / 842
User Score
Based on 39 ratings
2014 Ratings: #88
June 17, 2014 / Release Date
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Orchid Tapes / Label
Lo-Fi / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit
As non-debuts go, they don't come much stronger.
The Skinny

Tales are skilfully revealed in half-glimpses, while musically, the album covers considerable ground – from Promise’s goofy slap bass to the breezy melodies of Harvey and Boy. A raw and refreshing talent.

Drowned in Sound

It's careful yet effortless, passionate yet distant but above-all, wholly unique. Garageband has never sounded so good.

It skilfully combines Neil Young’s dusty American songcraft with scratchy lo-fi and wandering electronic influences.
Time Out London
It isn’t just a homemade gem: it’s an instant classic, the kind of window into a fascinating mind that you wish every solo album could be.
The Guardian

Taking a couple of tracks to ease into itself, the Philadelphian’s sound gradually teeters out of its comfort zone, with some Stephen Malkmus-inspired lyrical riddles along the way.


DSU is worthy of its moment, a 13-song set of warped, idiosyncratic sketches each capable of wending its way to a distinct place into the hearts of anyone who ever warmed to the idea of "indie rock".

Consequence of Sound

At its best, DSU cycles through that duality with aplomb, which will serve as an excellent introduction to his gigantic discography for all new fans. Yet it’s also a reminder that Giannascoli is getting older, both as an artist and as a human being. And for better or worse, things don’t necessarily feel the same.

Rolling Stone
With any luck, this accomplished full-length debut will be his ticket to a wider audience.
This is enduring evidence that the purest, most interesting music inevitably comes without hefty production or marketing budgets.
Loud and Quiet

Most interestingly, Alex G’s approach is a nuanced and more intricate update on that of the genre’s forefathers, something that marks him out as a beguiling proposition.


While there’s an admittedly thin line between lo-fi and half-finished, DSU generally lands on the happy side of that divide, with G exploring a sound or idea without wholly committing to it.

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Track List

  1. After Ur Gone 
  2. Serpent is Lord 
  3. Harvey 
  4. Rejoyce 
  5. Black Hair 
  6. Skipper 
  7. Axesteel 
  8. Sorry 
  9. Promise 
  10. Icehead 
  11. Hollow 
  12. Tripper 
  13. Boy

Added on: June 18, 2014