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Live Review: (Sandy) Alex G
(Sandy) Alex G proved why he's one of the greatest modern songwriters on stage at the Hare & Hounds, Music Editor Kieran Read writes
The first time I saw (Sandy) Alex G perform live was at last year’s Lovebox Festival. He was hidden on stage, nestled to the side by a large wall of speakers and equipment and a giant spinning disco-ball, playing guitar for Frank Ocean’s headline performance. I spotted him about mid-set, just as Spike Jonze projected him up upon the screens, and felt a happiness knowing that the pair knew of each other. Ocean is one to collaborate with peers of equal talent (Rostam Batmanglij, Jonny Greenwood, James Blake), though the connection between Alex G and Frank feels as if it runs far deeper. They are both extremely eclectic and experimental artists who find their greatest solace in gentle melodies, both beyond-their-years storytellers who still speak in languages of youth and love; their connections, when thought about, are pretty unquestionable.
“Alex’s ability to captivate came in the form of warmth and openness
The set consisted of a generous handful of all of his prior material, gentler numbers such as ‘Forever’ and ‘Proud’ opening the show like a boat being slowly pushed into water. None of the emotional resonance of the records are lost live, if anything bolstered. Though many of these tracks run around or under the two-minute-mark, each fragment felt resonant and emotionally potent, a true show of craftsmanship. The set would ever so gradually grow in intensity throughout, occasionally dipping into pure, unbridled noise with numbers like ‘Brick’. I have to credit the sequencing of tracks Alex put together here, each being a natural step from the last and ultimately creating an immersive journey of its own.
“(Sandy) Alex G remains a hushed force of musical nature that absolutely deserves to be experienced