Balam Acab: Last year, Tri Angle introduced the world to BALAM ACAB (aka Alec Koone), and his otherworldly, secretive sound of submerged bass and phantom vocal harmonies, with the release of his universally acclaimed debut EP ‘See Birds’. Tri Angle is now very excited to announce the release of BALAM ACAB’s debut album, WANDER / WONDER, which will be available worldwide on September 6th, 2011 on CD, LP, and digitally. It was written and produced by Alec Koone and mixed by Alec Koone and Sam Haar (member of Blondes). NPR recently premiered the second single off the album entitled “Apart”. You can listen to the NPR stream online or via Tri Angle’s Soundcloud. The first single “Oh, Why” is also available for download online. WANDER / WONDER is a mysterious and genuinely haunting record that seems to exist in a world all of it’s own making, balanced between the ecstatic ‘wonder’ referenced in the title and something altogether more indefinable and uncertain of itself, like shards of light flickering through a blanket of fog, and even though ‘WANDER / WONDER’ is undeniably an electronic album, it feels strangely organic, rooted in nature, synthetic textures and distorted voices harmonizing with an ever present oceanic shimmer. Balam takes experimentation to a new level on this release an opens up his creative process even further with this album offering his insight and recording process to the public. For Alec Koone, the 20 year old, Pennsylvania resident, who was 19 and based in New York at the time of his first release, WANDER / WONDER is a coming of age album that see’s him expand upon the unique sound that attracted him so much attention to begin with. In Koone’s own words: “It’s an open ended album, and I think individuals should make their own meaning of it so that it is something actually real to them. It’s not classical music, but in the tradition of a classical work like a Bach Cello Suite, I see it as more of a whole musical piece with themes/motifs/ideas reoccurring throughout, connecting the tracks together as opposed to simply being a collection of songs that sit next to each other in isolation. It’s also an album that should be listened to loudly.”
Wake : Matthew Michael Ahern Hettich is Wake.
Matthew Michael Ahern Hettich is an electronic musician and new media artist.
Often, he is interested in the creation of spaces within spaces.
Often, he is interested in enabling movement.
Often, he is interested in texture.
Matthew Michael Ahern Hettich studied MutiFocus Music Technology (BFA) at the California Institute of the Arts and Electronic Music Composition & Improvisation at Mills College (MFA).
He releases music on Proximal Records, Khalija Records, Circuitree Records, and sometimes on his own Catalog Records (which he runs (inconsistently) with Jasmin Blasco).
Matthewdavid : Peel back a layer of smog from the LA sky and fold yourself into the blanket of haze.
The golden half-light catches glimmers that pass by most eyes. Up here, there are
treasures for those who tune in. Matthewdavid operates In this magnetic cocoon,
unspooling magic radiance. His music reflects beautiful, fleeting moments and
magnifies them. Matthewdavid’s compositions float like crackling clouds, antenna
amplifying the dreams of the city below.
Matthewdavid is a man who builds with warm tones. He travels new paths gathering
sounds to enhance the intricate dimensions of his creations. It was this hunt for
inspired trails and blazing progress that pulled him to California. Matthewdavid
made the move from southern states and was immediately embraced by the Los
Angeles community. A willowy figure with wide smiles, his gentle presence and
generous talents made him a welcome addition to internationally applauded LA
creative circles: dublab, Poo-Bah, Low End Theory and Brainfeeder. Constant
collaboration with these collectives helped inspire Matthewdavid to a build a
platform of his own. His Leaving Records label has an ear to the next and an eye
on the original. Through all these outlets Matthewdavid is dedicated to sharing
elevated sounds and visions.
The songs unveiled on Outmind are destined for infinite replay. Light, gauzy
moments blend with those densely layered. The biggest swing gives way to the
slowest sway. These are classic jams obscured in fuzz and fog. Nostalgic jeeps
bump invisibly to thumping bass. Outmind was lovingly crafted and resonates with
Matthewdavid’s heartfelt glow. His music’s mysterious simplicity sparks senses.
These songs come from far out to resonate within. Rotate your dial to a space
between frequencies. Catch these ghost channels of golden pop. Outmind blends
familiar rhythms with those lost long ago and others yet to come.
Matthewdavid’s live performances are akin to watching a sorcerer conjure spirits
from the deep. He pulls tones like artifacts from an astral trail that ebbs and flows
with fresh discoveries. Along the way Matthewdavid collects exotic sound figures:
spiraling amethyst cones and wild flowering buds. He treats each found sound like a
bright fiber to be weaved into new waveforms. Outmind pulsates with this sense of
constant discovery. It is a mosaic sparkling with mystic, radiant matter.
As you listen to Outmind set your ears to slow dissolve. Let yourself be wrapped
in warmth and levitate skyward to an elegant high. This is the place Matthewdavid
resides and if you want to get into the mindset you must get far far out out.