The Hotel Alexis

The Hotel Alexis

The Hotel Alexis

The Shining Example is Lying on the Floor

Broken Sparrow

Is slow/sad-core a sinking ship? Both Low and Idaho, two decade-long lynchpins of the genre, ditched their previous somberness for poppier pastures. This move would seem to indicate that they at least have exhausted their vocabulary for it. Thankfully, Sidney Alexis and his rotating band of cohorts aren’t giving up the ghost. Working under the radar with a finely wrought simplicity, the group harkens back to the grand and quiet albums of the mid-’90s from Mazzy Star and Mojave 3. Shining Example… nestles warmly within a bed of lazy pedal steel, gentle finger-picking and a whispery vocal closeness. It’s as familiar and inviting as a campfire on a late summer night or a long walk on an early autumn morning. Alexis keeps his sound flirting with modernity with his inclusion of today’s amateur orchestral instruments: vibraphone, melodica, synths and various other bric-a-brac. It expands the sweeping dustbowl sounds of his forerunners, without straying into the frightening size of Sufjan Stevens. It would be easy to list essential tracks on here, but this album is one big highlight. Buy it and bask in it.

The Hotel Alexis:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

  • Demons/Demons 2
    Demons/Demons 2

    Synapse Films reissues Lamberto Bava’s epic ’80s gore-filled movies Demons and Demons 2 in beautiful new editions.

  • Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson
    Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson

    Searching for the Disappearing Hour (Pyroclastic Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Payal Kapadia
    Payal Kapadia

    Earlier this year, director Payal Kapadia was awarded the Oeil d’or (Golden Eye) for best documentary at the 74th Cannes Film Festival for her debut feature, A Night of Knowing Nothing. Lily and Generoso interviewed Kapadia about her poignant film, which employs a hybrid-fiction technique to provide a personal view of the student protests that engulfed Indian colleges and universities during the previous decade.

  • Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    A classic children’s tale re-imagined by America’s greatest composers.

From the Archives