New "Video Sketchbook" Series

Hey friends,

I've started a new musical series, which I'm calling my "video sketchbook".

Basically, I'm treating this series as a public notebook for documenting my ideas. When I come up with an idea for a song or sound that I might want to revisit later, I film a simple video of myself performing it and include detailed notes about it in the video description. This way I can use the videos and notes as a reference if I decide to expand any of these ideas later on, but I can also share the video sketches with you in the meantime so you get to see some of my raw ideas and process.

There are two entries in the video sketchbook at time of writing, which you can check out in the embedded player above. I'll probably be adding a new entry once every week or two.

 

In other news, my recent EP There's Nowhere It Isn't is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and other services, in addition to Bandcamp. I hope this helps those of you who prefer using a specific platform to listen to your music. :o)

The cassette copies from Eyetooth Collective should be arriving in the near future, and I'll make another update when they're available. Until then, that's all I got.

 

Thanks for being here,

♥ ∞ Alex

New EP Out Now!

Hey friends,

Here's my new EP! As I've said before, it's got tons of electric guitar layering and killer live drums courtesy of Jesus Aponte. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I think you'll enjoy it too; if you do, I'd love for you to show your support by buying the album on Bandcamp.

You can also pre-order a cassette copy of the album on the page linked above. Those are being manufactured by Eyetooth Collective and they'll have a beautiful swirly colorful look to them. They take a while to make so I won't be shipping them out until April.

Finally, if you did give a listen to the album, I'd love to hear your thoughts about it! So do feel free to send me a comment on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or even an e-mail.

Thanks for sticking around and listening. I've already seen a lot of support from you guys for this record and I'm deeply appreciative of that. Now I'm excited to get working on the next one! >:)

 

Thanks again,

♥ ∞ Alex

"There's Nowhere It Isn't" EP, Out On Feb 27

Time to announce some details about the EP I've been working on recently. It's now finished, and it's titled There's Nowhere It Isn't.

Here's the cover art:

The track names are:

  1. Still Your Presence
  2. Daytime Moon
  3. Nighttime Sun
  4. I-Don't-Know-What-to-Do-with-My-Life-but-at-Least-It's-Morning-Again Blues

The album will be available for download and streaming via Bandcamp on Feb 27. You'll find it on Spotify, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, etc. a little while after that initial release date.

Example of Eyetooth Collective's cassette handiwork.

I'm also working on setting up a short run of beautiful, swirly cassettes made by Eyetooth Collective. Hopefully those will be up for pre-order on the 27th, but in any case they take some time to make so they won't be ready to ship till a bit later.

If you'd be interested in a CD version in addition to the cassettes, let me know and I might put some CDs together.

Anyway, I'm really happy with the way this record turned out. From the very beginning of writing to the final masters it took less than two months, and I think you can hear the energy and excitement of that quick process in the result. So excited to share it with you!

Til the 27th,

♥ ∞ Alex

New EP in the works

Hey folks,

I'm working on a new EP-length recording. It's focused around a bunch of layered electric guitars, with my friend Jesus Aponte providing excellent live drums. The video above shows a few clips from our pre-recording practice sessions.

At the time of writing, we've actually just finished up tracking drums, which we did over at Wholehearted Productions' nicely-acoustically-treated recording space. The results sound awesome if I do say so myself.

Next, I'm going to re-record the guitars to sound more tightly-performed, sonically-polished and sync'd with the grooves of Jesus's drum performances.

Really excited to share the finished music with ya,

♥ ∞ Alex

 

 

P.S. If you're wondering about the other album I was working on (No Self), it's on the backburner now. I do intend to release it eventually, but currently I've done all I can and my collaborator on that project hasn't been able to finish his contributions yet, so it's a bit out of my hands and I don't want to string you all along. Hence moving on to new projects like this EP.

P.P.S. If you're curious about what you're hearing in the video clip above, here's the breakdown. Jesus's drums and my live guitar were picked up by the crappy camera mic. We were actually listening to/playing along with the other guitar layers (why we're wearing headphones). I added those pre-recorded guits to the clips and was able to sync them up with the camera mic's audio. So ultimately you're hearing a blend of pre-recorded guitar scratch tracks and live playing recorded by the camera mic. ;-)

Simplifying My Discography

Hey friends.

I've released a lot of albums. A few of them--Where My Nose Ends And Space Begins, Languageless, split (w/ ishcabittle), even Tape Machine Feels--really feel to me like they have an identifying "mandala eyes" mark on them, and I think they're in line with who I am as an artist as well as where I'd like to go artistically in the future. Other releases, though--like the electronic EPs long ago, in the future and polysynthetic, or the somewhat underthought Now Here in Nowhere--feel more tangential to me. I'm glad I made those records, as they were fun, I enjoy them, and I learned something from them; but at the same time I don't really feel that they match up with who I am or where I want to go artistically. They feel a bit out of place, and I think they make my catalog more confusing than it needs to be.

Lately I've felt the need to simplify things, to cut away dead weight, move on, and focus on improving as I head into the future. So I've decided to remove those tangential albums from my Bandcamp and other stores.

Now Here in Nowherelong ago, in the futurepolysyntheticA Balance of Imbalances (single); and all three Life albums (LivingDying and Flows) will be gone soon. Note that the handmade cassette editions of the Life albums (pictured) will also be unavailable. So if you want to hang on to any of those releases, go download/order a copy now. Thanks for appreciating my work so much.


To the future,

♥ ∞ Alex