House of Sugar is home to gamblers, haunted spirits, and shady conmen: a temple of indulgence imparted via Alex Giannascoli’s face-value imagery and painterly, off-kilter Americana. It’s his eighth album, the latest in a career that’s seen Alex move from Frank Ocean’s guitarist, to a techno goth and accidental punk, to somewhere closer to Elliott Smith, Pavement, Weezer, even. Tenacious craft lurks beneath his lo-fi surface. House of Sugar’s final track, SugarHouse, could be the sequel to Bruce Springsteen’s 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy); it’s a live recording that illuminates (Sandy) Alex G’s power, hinting at a mighty fine Green Man appearance to come.
Domino Record Co.