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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Orchard
  • ASIN: B000294TNS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,386,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pompeii
2. Lift
3. Ticket To Ride
4. I'll Climb You
5. It's Not About Love
6. Atomic Playboy
7. Intro
8. Pompeii (Felix Da Housecat Mix)

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Product Description

With its new release, 'electro', aalacho takes its cue from the crop of new-wave/post-punk revivalists currently energizing the electronica landscape. Respectfully cribbing from the likes of Kraftwerk, OMD and The Replacements to create its own audio niche, aalacho wears its electro-rock heart on its sleeve and invites the listener into a private world of haunting melodies, unpredictable arrangements and a surfeit of shimmering, buzzing guitars. Featuring a sweet remix by Felix da Housecat, and a decidedly unique cover version of The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride".

About the Artist

Aalacho is an independent electronica project out of Seattle, Washington, blending ambient-house, indie-rock and retro-tinged techno. Founded by songwriter/producer Nathan Scott, aalacho also employs the talents of a host of indie guitarists and vocalists who add a sense of emotional warmth and gritty drive to the electro-rock arrangements. Aalacho has been compared to artists such as Gary Numan, Ladytron and Brian Eno.

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Format: Audio CD
Aalacho's debut album,"Sugar," is verdant, mesmerizing, synth-heavy, meditative dance music with a kick.
The cd is the work of Nathan Scott, a thirty-something New York singer/songwriter by way of the Pacific Northwest and the rural
Midwest. His musical influences tend towards dreamy or abstract electronica with a liberal dash of catchy retro-pop - Brian Eno, Cocteau Twins, Saint Etienne and Everything But The Girl, among others.
Many of the pieces are richly textured, often with a hypnotic, driving back beat and a decidedly chill-out vibe. The title track is one of them: lush, with syncopated fuzzy drum and bass and a whole-note synth melody. So is the first song, "'I'll go (wherever you go)." A heartbeat forms the piece's foundation. Layers of reverb-heavy sounds gradually build on top of that, creating a careful, multi-tiered work that resists toppling over into self-indulgency.
The gem in the album, however, is "Sara," a beautiful remake of the Stevie Nicks-penned 1980 hit. Hannah Vaughn's ethereal vocals float on top of a punchy bass beat, filled in with metallic drum accents and echoey sequence work. It's so hypnotic it's almost trance-like.
Scott's vocals, depending on how they're processed through a synthesizer, sound at times like the angst-ridden younger brother of Scritti Politti (without the pseudo-intellectual Jacques Derrida musings), and other times like a more oherworldly Peter Schilling of "Major Tom" fame.
However, there is one song, "in your hands," where his voice sounds almost warm, yearning, with traces of Brian Ferry's romantic crooning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2003
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and a refreshing addition to electronica. I can't recommend this album enough, particularly if you're an Underworld fan.
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Aalacho's CD is a refreshing change-up from what's become an electronic scene clogged with depressingly sound-alike factory beats from interchangeable DJ's. It's a fairly chilled-out affair of ambient-house pop-tunes with a few danceable/tranceable numbers thrown in to get your booty shakin'. The addition of electric and acoustic guitar to a number of the tracks (both vocal and instrumental) helps set this collection apart from other strictly synthetic discs by adding a sonic warmth and a slightly indie-rock aesthetic to the mix. The vocals are highly processed and often arranged in hypnotic chanting patterns, while catchy rhythms and shimmery guitars upend the traditional pop-song structure throughout. And then there's the decidedly unique cover version of Fleetwood Mac's "Sara". A solid listen, with definite cinematic overtones.
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