“God” figures in the ninth album from Philadelphia, PA based Alex Giannascoli's LP’s title, its first song, and multiple of its thirteen tracks thereafter, not as a concrete religious entity but as a sign for a generalized sense of faith (in something, anything) that fortifies Giannascoli, or the characters he voices, amid the songs’ often fraught situations.
Beyond the ambient inspiration of pop, Giannascoli has been drawn in recent years to artists who balance the public and hermetic, the oblique and the intimate, and who present faith more as a shared social language than religious doctrine.
As with his previous records, Giannascoli wrote and demoed these songs by himself, at home; but, for the sake of both new tones and “a routine that was outside of my apartment,” he asked some half-dozen engineers to help him produce the “best” recording quality, whatever that meant. The result is an album more dynamic than ever in its sonic palette.
Mark Watter, Kyle Pulley, Scoops Dardaris at Headroom Studios in Philadelphia, PA
Eric Bogacz at Spice House in Philadelphia, PA
Jacob Portrait at SugarHouse in New York, NY & Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY
Connor Priest, Steve Poponi at Gradwell House Recording in Haddon Heights, NJ
Earl Bigelow at Watersong Music in Bowdoinham, ME
home in Philadelphia, PA
Additional vocals by Jessica Lea Mayfield on “After All”
Additional vocals by Molly Germer on “Mission”
Guitar performed by Samuel Acchione on “Mission”, “Blessing”, “Early Morning Waiting”, “Forgive”
Banjo performed by Samuel Acchione on “Forgive”
Bass performed by John Heywood on “Blessing”, “Early Morning Waiting”, “Forgive”
Drums performed by Tom Kelly on “No Bitterness”, “Blessing”, “Forgive”
Strings arranged and performed by Molly Germer on “Early Morning Waiting”, “Miracles”
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This album means a lot to me. It has been a comfort for me since the band was releasing singles from it onto Spotify. The full album was released soon after I moved far away from the US for a time, and I would listen to it often to remind myself of home. Even after returning home, it provides endless comfort. I'm so glad to see so many "Simulation Swarm" fans on here; I love the song's poetry and it's genuinely the most comforting song I've ever heard!
A cozy folksy ride. Every track shines. someonescopine