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Faustian Ethics Mini CD and Free Track

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Here’s some belated photos of the Faustian Ethics mini cd and a free track to pique your interest. The track is actually two tracks merged into one, “It Sucks/Fever” and it highlights what is unique about this record. It is at times reminiscent of a good old rock n roll tune (a la Bowie or The Band) but it has enough of a modern edge and many twists and turns that breath new life into the somewhat lost art. The mini cd is 8$ plus shipping and comes in a gatefold case designed and assembled by yours truly, and if physical objects aren’t your thing you can also download the album at your digital outlet of choice.

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Faustian Ethics In Production

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Ventriloquist tapes/free download “Ventriloquist”

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Luscious Skin’s alt pop opus Ventriloquist will be out next Tues. Here’s some photos of the Kyle Combs designed tapes and a link to the awesome title track.

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

The Friend Is This Animal tapes

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Here’s some photos of Eric’s forthcoming The Friend Is This Animal. The tape (7$) and the cd (10$) are now up for pre order.

New I and I record ‘The Alpha Future’ out May 31st

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Amidst a season of abundance and plenty here at the Alchemist Collective, we are proud and enthused to announce yet another forthcoming release, The Alpha Future, from I and I, aka the green-thumbed multi-instrumentalist and singer Adam Sarmiento. The Alpha Future continues down some of the paths blazed on I and I’s previous outings, bringing together the emphasis on texture and rhythm that characterizes electronic and dance elements with attention to lyrics and emotional timbres. Longtime I and I listeners will recognize these hybridizations – as well as Adam’s singularly expressive voice – but the record is not content to sit comfortably in the forward-looking terrain that I and I has mapped out in the past. It pushes forward in various ways…songs increasingly escape standard pop oriented song structures, tending instead to flow from contour to contour, anchored by refrains more than choruses and verses per se…the sounds conjoined here are often more like beds or soil horizons than the staccato clusters of discrete notes that punctuate much of I and I’s recent work…and the emotional tones struck here somehow seem both more attentive to profound sadness and fierce hope. Adam sings “Isolation…isolation…it is only…an illusion,” and the optimism of the line is at the same time tempered and strengthened by the delivery, the harmonic structure, and eventually the spare surroundings of its final refrain: it may be an illusion, but illusions can be hard to snap out of. Still, as the title reminds us, and standout track “The Hardest Part” makes explicit, “the things we hope for…just may come.”
‘The Alpha Future’ will be out May 31st on limited cd, tape and digital.

1. The Future Is Long
2. 1=1
3. Go
4. Soft Science
5. Should Have Been A Beekeeper
6. Headcleaner
7. Illusions
8. The Hardest Part
9. Jaws Of Life
10. Getting Rounder

BAnanas Symphony ‘Two Sided’ cds

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Here’s some photos of the most excellent BAnanas Symphony ‘Two Sided’ cd. You can now pre order the tape 7$ or cd 10$, check out more photos, stream and download a free track here.


Alchemist Stencil

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

In The World Of Ours tapes

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

In The World of Ours mini cd

Friday, January 28th, 2011