Friday ACL Fest Record Reviews

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Rocket (Domino)

Friday ACL Fest Record Reviews

Introducing a new chapter for Alex Giannascoli, Rocket is nuanced and shifting. On his second major release, the Philly multi-instrumentalist sandwiches trademark catchy gloom around warped experimentalism. Off-kilter, intimate sound, propelled by numerous bedroom Bandcamp releases, takes on a full jangle. Then, fiddle nestles "Bobby," a duet of love and desperation alongside fellow home townie Emily Yacina. Four consecutive tracks, "Witch" through "Sportstar," are fan-unfamiliar in electro-aggression, but they fit past albums' discomforting Auto-Tune moments. Something ghostly lives in Giannascoli's songs, both rootsy and inorganic, and here launching to the forefront. (1:15pm, Barton Springs stage)

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