BeatRoute Magazine ON Edition - November 2019

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BeatRoute Magazine is a music monthly and website that also covers: fashion, film, travel, liquor and cannabis all through the lens of a music fan. Distributed in British Columbia and Alberta, Ontario edition coming Thursday, October 4, 2019. BeatRoute’s Alberta edition is distributed in Calgary, Edmonton, Banff and Canmore. The BC edition is distributed in Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. BeatRoute (AB) Mission PO 23045 Calgary, AB T2S 3A8 E. editor@beatroute.ca BeatRoute (BC) #202 – 2405 E Hastings Vancouver, BC V5K 1Y8 P. 778-888-1120

TONJE THILESEN

go with

your gut

Talking with lo-fi legend (Sandy) Alex G about instinct,

obligations and interviews (like this one) By DORA BORAS

F

or

(SANDY) ALEX G

Saturday, Nov. 2

The Imperial (Vancouver)

Tuesday, Nov. 12

many, (Sandy)

Alex G is a beloved

bedroom

rock superstar

who just

released his eighth “studio”

album to warm acclaim. To

some members of right wing

and conservative Facebook

pages, he’s also known as a college-age

Beto O’Rouke who’s just peed his jeans

– he was recently misidentified as such

in a photo posted to a Facebook group

titled “Dignified Patriot.”

To clarify, Alex had only spilled a beer

onto himself. One of the last people

you’d expect to be in the media, let

alone for something political, this hiccup

seems to be the most visible the young

songwriter has ever been in the press.

The Opera House

(Toronto)

Because of his muted online presence

– besides on Bandcamp where he grew

his reputation – many regard Alex and his

music like a secret. His sound is dreamy,

distinct and sometimes bizarre. His slow

and still-shielded presence grew softly

– you had to know where to go online

to come across his music. When Alex

G’s music began popping up on blogs

around 2010, the idiosyncrasy of his

music felt largely ahead of its time and

yet simple, not unlike the late icon Daniel

Johnston.

“There’s the charm of being known but

still unknown. I can put out this music

without having pictures of myself,” he

says. “I enjoy talking to [the media], but it

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can take away from the music

sometimes.”

His new album, House of

Sugar, is darling and gossamer.

What enchants his

admirers is his ability to remain

largely consistent throughout

each album, and his effortless

yet artful approach is the key

to maintaining this quality. “I was thinking

about everything I normally think about,”

he says.

This album, much like the rest of his

discography, is a hum of gauzy and intimate

sounds. His girlfriend, Molly Germer, plays

violin throughout the album. “The only

tricky part, is because I’m so comfortable

with her, I’ll be more direct about what I’m

thinking.”

On the topic of visuals inspiring his music,

he refers to Alex Garland’s Annihilation

(2018) was a huge inspiration for the visual

aspect of House. “It does a really good job

of mixing really beautiful visuals with really

grotesque visuals. I like that a lot.” House of

Sugar, with its bitter inflections, is another

masterful invitation into his friendly surreality.

Between the conservative bathroom-humour

blunder and his uncomplicated writing

and recording techniques, it seems as

though Alex’s story writes itself. He has few

contemporaries or artists that could easily

fit a touring bill based on sound alone.

“Music is 100 per cent instinct,” he says.

“I don’t know any technical theory about

music or anything, so I have to refer to my

gut.” ,

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