townsppl is Alex Stanton’s performing and recording music project. Alex is a folk pop singer with a nice tone to his voice, decent breath control and imaginative lyrics and song concepts. A keen multi-instrumentalist, Alex works with crap parlor guitars, 60’s 2 knob tube amplifiers, chinese and american ukuleli? ukulelen?, his grandmother’s upright bass, an open piano that’s intune-ish, found percussion implements (particularly those that go “kssh” or “doonnmm”) and plenty of layered voices.
An entrepreneur and lifelong inventor Alex builds his songs like little contraptions, tinkering to find the right balances of wood and wires, and of polish and scuff. While the dressings vary from the ornate to the austere, Alex’s north star is melody, especially those that are simple, relatable, memorable. The words are at once earnest and wry with subjects include stargazing existential ponderings, out-of-body vignettes and microscopic love songs to Alex’s sweet one (deep down he’s a total cupcaker).
Come show time Alex performs with 0-10 other people including dedicated backup singers and some tangly and dynamic vocal arrangements. townsppl has performed at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, South Park Amphitheatre and a number of other official and DIY spaces in Alex’s hometown of Pittsburgh. 2013’s care and feeding cracked the top 3 of WYEP 91.3’s top local albums list and was acclaimed for it’s state of the art hand assembled packaging, which could be cut and folded into a 14” venus fly trap sculpture (if you’re willing to cut the CD in half). Alex’s second full length twigs is scheduled to be released November 10th 2017 and rewards its listeners with the opportunity to build an open ended interpretive paper tree sculpture.
Alex is also the owner and founder of Sunburst School of Music, which since 2011 has helped thousands of kids and adults in the Pittsburgh area discover their passion for music.