Howdy Everyone! Alrealon sure has hit the ground runnin’ in 2014! So much great stuff to talk about already…this is sure to be our best year yet! Here’s what’s up!
I’ve got some REALLY…REALLY BIG and GROUNDBREAKING NEWS…Alrealon may just very well be about to release it’s most UPBEAT album yet! On February 17th The Use (Michael Durek) drops his debut Alrealon release, ‘What’s The Use?’ This 10-track album is loaded with hypnotically catchy grooves that lead you, mesmerized, through a glitchy cosma-lectronic universe. This music could easily be your soundtrack to a long stroll out in the desert where you find yourself lying flat-backed and suction-cupped to Mother Earth taking it all in and feeling the movement of the planet beneath you, complete with her electric pulses of life! There are also some beautiful vocals from the mouth of Rachel Mason included in this energizing mix of sound. What a wonderful and eye opening experience this album is! Be sure to check it out next month. The Use also played and The Upvan Festival in Mumbai, India early this month! What an AMAZING experience! Check out some video footage of his performance here.
Next up on the list, on January 28th the first installment of the label’s previously mentioned 3-part 5 year anniversary compilation, ‘Frequencies of Existence: 5 Years of Alrealon Musique’ will be available to all for FREE DOWNLOAD here! This section of the release has awesome exclusive tracks by JOHN 3:16, Rasplyn, Cold Metal Future, FluiD, Omega Dub Experience, MaCu, Ebinger, The Use, and Laica. Alrealon has a lot to celebrate, ‘Founded by Philippe Gerber in 2008, with Christopher Gilmore and Robert L. Pepper joining the management team in subsequent years, Alrealon Musique is looking back on its’ 5 years in operation. In that time, 43 releases from artists around the world, have had the Alrealon Musique logo stamped on them. Having received critical acclaim and with a consistently high quality for each and every release, Alrealon Musique has become a leading label for the hard to define and musically adventurous. Frequencies of Existence: 5 years of Alrealon Musique, brings together old and new friends in a celebration of what has come before and what will come. The music contained here-in, is not easily categorized or described and that’s fine by us!’. I am so proud to be a part of this great and huge compilation! Extra special thanks go out to all of the amazing musicians who participated! This is an opportunity to get your hands on some of the finest music around, at NO COST. Take it!
SOOPER cool news on the [ówt krì] front! Our mate Kenneth Kovasin just debuted a mysterious and captivating video for his track ‘A Darker Sensation’ off his latest release ‘The New Seed’. Check it out here! The video got lovely mentions by Lux Atenea Webzine and Mark Barton. If you’d like to know a bit more about Kenneth K and his music, the lovely Jonathon Watkiss of the Midlands Metalheads radio show, who has been a huge supporter of Alrealon’s artists, just conducted a special interview with our dear [ówt krì]. Check out the interview here, and be sure to check out the radio show was well! In other AWESOME, AWESOME news [ówt krì] and JOHN 3:16 are teaming up and working on a split EP release for later this year!!! I can’t think of too many things more exciting than that! JOHN 3:16 seems to be manning up and dipping a weee…bit more into the metal zone in his works toward this release. Check out his mega-dark new track, ‘The Burnt Tower’ which will be on the release. Keep up the RAWK, boys…keep up the RAWK.
PAS Musique’s 2013 release, ‘Abandoned Bird Egg’ has continued to get great reviews all around. Most recently by Peek-A-Boo Music Magazine, Blow Up Magazine, Spex – Magazin fur Popkultur and The Pit of the Damned. This super fun album even got a spot on Des Cendres a la Cave’s ‘Best Albums of 2013’ list! In case you don’t know them, here is a great interview by Chain D.L.K with the band’s Papa, Robert L. Pepper. Believe me, you want to get know to all of these great guys!
We MUST give a shout out this month to the fabulously verbose darling, Mark Barton who has faithfully supported all things Alrealon in his The Sunday Experience reviews for some time now. In this past month he managed to praise JOHN 3:16 and Jan Swinburne’s video for the track ‘God is Light’, and later mentioned ‘Guardian’ by JOHN 3:16 and FluiD and called my (Rasplyn) ‘14 Black Clouds’ the “Best moment by far …this gorgeously haunting floral posy manages to disturb and delight with equal measure to seductively weave together a bewitching forest fantasia inscribed and informed by a gathering of greats such as moondog, Bernard Hermann and Vernon Elliott.”, in his review of Francesco Cosentino’s The Earl Times’ radio podcast number 8, as well as mentioning [ówt krì]’s ‘Darker Sensation’ video. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MARK for giving Alrealon such attention. It is greatly appreciated!
Mark later made yet another short, but extremely kind mention of my ‘14 Black Clouds’ track which will be released on my debut album via Alrealon this year. My album is still in the works, but is almost complete. I am currently collaborating with an insanely talented holy-man of a musician who calls him Utu Lautturi (The Mist Ferryman) out of Finland on a track for the album and couldn’t be more excited an honored to do so! Also, in the works, I am teaming up with the ever so lovely Lykanthea to play shows around Chicagoland in the coming months and also to cause all kinds of other musical mischief. Here are a couple of video excerpts from my show last month at The Empty Bottle, ‘Priestess of the Goddess’ and ‘Circle Round’. If those don’t tide you over while you wait for my full album release, you can always check out my ‘Priestess of the Goddess’ single, which includes an awesome collaboration with JOHN 3:16.
See ya next month folks! Until then keep your ears open and entertained with all of this great music!
Carolyn O’Neill/Alrealon Musique