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Alex Giannascoli flew largely under the radar, using his stage name, Alex G, to release his introspective, lo-fi, indie pop, which ended up on many reputable best-of 2014 lists. The Pennsylvania native wrote and recorded music in his bedroom, producing a sound that channeled the likes of Elliott Smith and Built to Spill, and eventually came to the attention of musician Mat Cothran of Elvis Depressedly in 2012. Cothran subsequently shared Giannascoli's homemade demos and approached him to play his first live show. A few years later, Alex G was signed by indie label Orchid Tapes, the home of a community of songwriters, including Mat Cothran and Teen Suicide frontman Sam Ray's solo projects. In 2014 he released his home-recorded, debut full-length, DSU. ~ Scott Kerr