VeryRecords Announces Alka’s The Colour of Terrible Crystal Album

VeryRecords are delighted to announce details of their third album release, ‘The Colour of Terrible Crystal’ by US artist Alka, which will be released on October 13th 2017.

“… and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. They move through the firmament which is the colour of a ‘terrible crystal’, and around a throne like sapphire, on which sits Metatron, suffused in the radiance of the rainbow.” – Peter Lamborn Wilson, Angels (1980)

The fact that the name of Philadelphia-based Bryan Michael’s third Alka album, his first since 2009’s ‘A Dog Lost In The Woods’, was named after a quote from anarchist philosopher Peter Lamborn Wilson’s vast study of angels says a lot about the diverse interests of its creator.

Bryan Michael is not an artist to be conveniently pigeonholed within electronic music, and ‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’ showcases the many facets of its creator across 12 captivating tracks. “It happens with music in general, but specifically in electronic music – people get caught up in this strict need to identity something with a specific genre. That’s good in some ways, but I always prefer to hear a much larger cross-section of things,” he says.

Here you will find the same melodic sensibilities that coloured the two earlier Alka albums, but you’ll also hear the sound of a restless, mercurial musician unafraid of crashing together diffuse elements – faltering stop-start rhythms, glitches, drifting ambience, near-pop and crisp beats inflected with the boldness of early electro. The serene ‘Melancholy Lasts’ is the closest Alka’s music is likely to get to delivering pure vocal synth pop, while the paranoid textures of ‘Collusion’ feel like the nervous, fear-inducing synth horror score that never was. The unexpected upbeat disco-funk of ‘Truncate’ marries a robotic instinct with a human looseness that serves as a full revolution away from Bryan Michael’s IDM roots.

Amid all of that are two interlinked soundscape pieces, ‘Over Hills And Vales’ and ‘Under Waves And Seas’, taking the form of reverential nods to musique concrète and the early pioneers of electronic music, back when making machine music was much more of a science than an art. “I really wanted to get to the roots of what electronic music was doing back then, in the late Forties, early Fifties, into the Sixties,” says Bryan Michael. “It was more experimental. When Wendy Carlos released the ‘Switched On Bach’ album, electronic music creators and aficionados at the time were pulling their hair out because the synthesizer, with this endless range of possibilities, was being confined to this classical music tradition. Those two tracks were a direct connection to that earlier electronic sound.”

‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’ is an exercise in electronic eclecticism; dark and moody, at times broodingly cinematic, at times carrying subtle layers of delicate optimism alongside edgier, experimental moments. Few can make albums where so many apparently incompatible stylistic switches appear so coherent, or make music whose clashing juxtapositions continually reveal themselves with successive listens. With ‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’, Alka just did it.

‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’ will be released as a digital download and the limited-edition CD will be available exclusively from the Very Records website on release with the following tracklisting:

• Piece
• Betablockers
• Melancholy Lasts
• Over Hills And Vales
• Sofantastick
• Collusion
• Questlore
• Truncate
• Under Waves And Seas
• Cooperate
• Wrong Side
• We Are Free Forms
• Wrong Side Up (Mathieu Gendreau Remix)
• Truncate (Vince Clarke Remix)

ORDER
The Digital Download format is available to order now as an MP3 from iTunes and all good online retailers The album is also available as a high quality FLAC download from the online shop.

The limited-edition CD format is available in the online shop while stocks last.

New video to accompany Reed & Caroline’s track Nightmarf online now…

Reed & Caroline have today revealed a video to accompany the track ‘Nightmarf’ from their debut album Buchla and Singing which is available now from VeryRecords.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Singularity (We Bond)
• Washing Machine
• Electrons
• Spinned
• John and Rene
• Nightmarf
• Henry the Worm
• Rene’s Red Room
• Harmonic Generator
• Oh My Dog
• Talking Blanket
• Singularity (We Bond) [Bright Light Bright Light Remix]
• Electrons [Vince Clarke Remix]

The Digital Download format is available to ORDER NOW FROM iTUNES, and the limited edition CD format is available now from the ONLINE SHOP while stocks last.

Watch the brand new video for Reed & Caroline's Henry The Worm

Reed & Caroline have today revealed a video to accompany the track ‘Henry The Worm’ from their debut album Buchla and Singing which is available now from VeryRecords.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Singularity (We Bond)
• Washing Machine
• Electrons
• Spinned
• John and Rene
• Nightmarf
• Henry the Worm
• Rene’s Red Room
• Harmonic Generator
• Oh My Dog
• Talking Blanket
• Singularity (We Bond) [Bright Light Bright Light Remix]
• Electrons [Vince Clarke Remix]

The Digital Download format is available to ORDER NOW FROM iTUNES, and the limited edition CD format is available now from the ONLINE SHOP while stocks last.

Reed & Caroline unveil Harmonic Generator video

Reed & Caroline have today revealed a video to accompany the track ‘Harmonic Generator’ from their debut album Buchla and Singing which is available now from VeryRecords.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Singularity (We Bond)
• Washing Machine
• Electrons
• Spinned
• John and Rene
• Nightmarf
• Henry the Worm
• Rene’s Red Room
• Harmonic Generator
• Oh My Dog
• Talking Blanket
• Singularity (We Bond) [Bright Light Bright Light Remix]
• Electrons [Vince Clarke Remix]

The Digital Download format is available to ORDER NOW FROM iTUNES, and the limited edition CD format is available now from the ONLINE SHOP while stocks last.

Reed & Caroline reveal John and Rene video

Reed & Caroline have today unveiled a video to accompany the track ‘John and Rene’ from their debut album Buchla and Singing which is available now from VeryRecords.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Singularity (We Bond)
• Washing Machine
• Electrons
• Spinned
• John and Rene
• Nightmarf
• Henry the Worm
• Rene’s Red Room
• Harmonic Generator
• Oh My Dog
• Talking Blanket
• Singularity (We Bond) [Bright Light Bright Light Remix]
• Electrons [Vince Clarke Remix]

The Digital Download format is available to ORDER NOW FROM iTUNES, and the limited edition CD format is available now from the ONLINE SHOP while stocks last.

Reed & Caroline reveal Washing Machine video

Reed & Caroline have today unveiled a video to accompany the track ‘Washing Machine’ from their debut album Buchla and Singing which is available now from VeryRecords.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Singularity (We Bond)
• Washing Machine
• Electrons
• Spinned
• John and Rene
• Nightmarf
• Henry the Worm
• Rene’s Red Room
• Harmonic Generator
• Oh My Dog
• Talking Blanket
• Singularity (We Bond) [Bright Light Bright Light Remix]
• Electrons [Vince Clarke Remix]

The Digital Download format is available to ORDER NOW FROM iTUNES, and the limited edition CD format is available now from the ONLINE SHOP while stocks last.

Two Bald Blokes And A Buchla… Vince Clarke interviews Reed & Caroline's Reed Hays

Reed & Caroline‘s debut album Buchla and Singing is available now as a digital download and as a limited-edition CD.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
• Singularity (We Bond)
• Washing Machine
• Electrons
• Spinned
• John and Rene
• Nightmarf
• Henry the Worm
• Rene’s Red Room
• Harmonic Generator
• Oh My Dog
• Talking Blanket
• Singularity (We Bond) [Bright Light Bright Light Remix]
• Electrons [Vince Clarke Remix]

The Fader premiere Harmonic Generator from Reed & Caroline's debut album Buchla and Singing

Online magazine The Fader have today premiered a track from Reed & Caroline’s Buchla and Singing, VeryRecords’ second album release, which is released tomorrow (October 14th) on CD and via download.

The stream of the track Harmonic Generator is accompanied by a short piece which includes interview material from VeryRecords’ Vince Clarke as well as Reed & Caroline’s Reed Hays.

You can read the article, and listen to Harmonic Generator right now at The Fader.

VeryRecords announces pre-order for Reed & Caroline's debut album Buchla and Singing

The second VeryRecords release, Reed & Caroline’s debut album Buchla and Singing, will be released on CD and via Digital Download on October 14th with the following tracklisting:

• Singularity (We Bond)
• Washing Machine
• Electrons
• Spinned
• John and Rene
• Nightmarf
• Henry the Worm
• Rene’s Red Room
• Harmonic Generator
• Oh My Dog
• Talking Blanket
• Singularity (We Bond) [Bright Light Bright Light Remix]
• Electrons [Vince Clarke Remix]

The Digital Download format is available to PRE-ORDER NOW FROM iTUNES, and anyone purchasing the release during the pre-order period will be able to download the track ‘Singularity (We Bond)’ immediately.

Here’s the video to accompany ‘Singularity (We Bond)’:

More details about the limited-edition CD format to follow shortly.

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