"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

"No Self" Album Art & Track List Revealed

  1. Small Bug
  2. Interlude #1 (Washing the Dishes)
  3. Warm Bones
  4. Empty Hours
  5. Interlude #2 (Had to Ramble)
  6. Slow Life

 

Hi friends,

You probably know that I've been working on a new mandala eyes album, No Self. The recordings are still in the process of coming together, but I wanted to share at least some piece of the puzzle with you this month, so I've decided to reveal the lovely album art and song titles (above). Enjoy, and also remember that there's a preview/demo clip on YouTube foreshadowing the sound of the album.

I'll be real with you: we don't have quite as much accomplished as I hoped we would by this point, so though I'm still hoping to release the record this month, I can't in good conscience guarantee that. Rest assured though that we'll spend no more (or less, for that matter) time than necessary to get these songs to where they want to be.

Until then, thanks for checking in.

♥ ∞ Alex

Hear/Watch a Preview from Album-in-Progress "No Self"

Hi folks,

Here's a little video I put together to give you a peek into my current album-in-progress, No Self. It shows footage of me recording parts for one of my favorite sections on the album so far. The video and audio were recorded simultaneously, so it's like you're taking a mini-visit to my studio.

This is the first thing I've shared where you can hear the "full band" instrumentation that forms the foundation of the album: acoustic guitar, bongos, and piano. The piano parts were written and performed by Robert Edmondson, who played bass on the first two Life albums as well as drums on my song "Moss Heart" from my most recent full-length album. His work for No Self is turning out to be just as lovely and inspiring as it's been on all our other projects, so I think this album is going to have some extra special flavor.

I'm really enjoying how everything is unfolding, and I hope you enjoy it too. Stay tuned for more updates on the album throughout the near future, including album art and more audio previews.

 

Thanks for listening,

♥ ∞ Alex