The coming weeks will see several big developments for the Alchemist collective. We’re very excited to announce that the finishing touches are now being placed on White Noise/Black Music, the upcoming record from I and I. After his foray into (mostly) instrumental music on I and I’s 2007 EP Music Computer Film, the new record finds Adam Sarmiento putting his expressive and versatile voice to work once again, exploring topics ranging from socioeconomy to cyborgs, from the attractiveness of difference to the challenges and rewards of relationships of all kinds. At the moment, an exact release date is not yet firm, but we can say that the album should be available this spring. We’ll keep you posted on the details as they become clear.
Another new release is on the near horizon as well, an e-single from Eric Sarmiento. Based on the concept of 45 rpm singles of old, with their “a/b sides”, this internet-only release will consist of two new songs – “Alejandra Told Me” and “Hypnosis” – both of which are to be accompanied by videos. Again, we’ll let you know about the exact release date soon.
Finally, we’re embarking on a new project, with French company Believe, to distribute world wide some Alchemist releases to online music retail sites like iTunes, eMusic, Napster, etc. This is an exciting development, as it means that our material will be available and promoted on a wide range of websites. We will continue to offer all new releases for free listening here on this site, as well as some tracks as free downloads. If all goes smoothly, the forthcoming new recordings will be the first to be released to wider internet distribution. It should be an interesting experiment in our ongoing search for an alternative model of music-making and dissemination, one based on the direct relationship between artist and listener.