‘Alpha Heaven’ is stepping through doors previously opened on AUN’s acclaimed 2011 ‘Phantom Ghost’ album. (''essential'' New Noise (France). ''as endlessly intriguing as it is majestic'' Rock-a-Rolla (UK), ''extraordinary'' Indie Rock Mag (France), ''amazing'' Titel Mag (Germany), ''one of the most beautiful experiments of the new millennium'' Storia Della Musica (Italy) ).
Walking the line between, romantic, sinister, uplifting and melancholic hazy dreams of mistuned 70’s sci-fi TV, ‘Alpha Heaven’ is AUN’s most living and breathing recording to date. Mostly recorded in one take with little editing, apart from some overdubbed vocals, lounge organ and creaky acoustic piano parts. The space echoed, sometimes wobbly tape saturated tracks, evoke past and future, using a collection of electric pianos, organ, bass pedals and tapes, augmenting AUN’s otherworldly signature guitar, voice and electronics.
Further merging their use of sometimes temperamental vintage analog, with more contemporary electronic equipment and techniques, the concise and focused tracks, find the duo at their most luminous and earthly, while pursuing their ongoing exploration of time, space and unknown dimensions.
A chapter closed, a chapter opened…
Martin Dumais: electric, midi and bass guitars, acoustic and electric piano, venus organ, synthesizers, electronic percussion, tapes, sampler
Julie Leblanc: vocals, synthesizers, piano, sampler
Mastering: Frédéric Arbour
Additional tracking: Thierry Gauthier at de Castelneau studio
"A few days after completing ‘Alpha Heaven’, I walked into a record shop at which was playing newly acquired, 80’s band This Mortal Coil vinyl’s, a band of which I aws a big fan. It struck me that while links 80’s and 90’s shoegaze and dreampop acts have been justifiably made, This Mortal Coil’s volatile, broad palette had probably more to do with AUN’s dna, then I had ever acknowledged. Another unconscious influence, I eventually recognized after the recording, is of Québécois composer André Mathieu, who’s music was transposed by the Vic Vogel big band, for the wonderful 1976 Montreal Olympics ceremonies score, an album which I have often re-visited since I was a child. Listening to a lot of the ECM label related jazz in recent years, also certainly served to shape these recordings."
Martin Dumais/AUN, March 11th, 2013
released June 21, 2013
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