We are happy to announce that ‘Hands’, the fantastic new album from German artist One In A Googolplex, is now available at a variety of online retail sites. The latest addition to the Alchemist collective, OIAG’s music is a fresh combination of acoustic and electronic sounds – think Múm meets Nick Drake, smart lyrics, and softly-sung melodies. Sebastian Häusler is the mastermind behind OIAG, and if you suspect that we use the term ‘mastermind’ unadvisedly, bear in mind that Sebastian boldly drew the name One In A Googleplex from Back to the Future III. A googolplex is 10(10)(100). Carl Sagan estimated that writing a googolplex in numerals (i.e.10,000,000,000…) would be physically impossible, since doing so would require more space than the known universe occupies! If that fails to catch your attention, take note of the intricacy and subtlety of the arrangements on ‘Hands’: these songs make clear the distinction between, or better yet, the marriage of the terms ‘songwriter’ and ‘composer’. Sebastian manages to work in ukelele, glockenspiel, melodica, various percussion, and a range of mysterious sounds into his layers of synths and guitars without ever going overboard or distracting from the emotional force of the songs.
It has been said that ‘Hands’ “tells us in a sophisticated way that optimism is cool again.” We agree, and add that such a reminder seems rather important at present, so check out the record and let Sebastian know what you think. To give you a sample of ‘Hands’ we are offering a track from the album, ‘Accents yet Unspoken’ for free.
In addition to ‘Hands’ we are also digitally releasing Sebastian’s firt OIAG album ‘The Proclaimer’. We plan to post an interview with him here on the Alchemist site as part of the new blog section of the website, which is currently under construction, so please check back for that soon. Meanwhile, visit One in a Googolplex’s myspace page to contact and learn more about OIAG.