Last year, Tri Angle introduced the world to BALAM ACAB (aka Alec Koone), and his otherworldly, secretive sound of submerged bass and phantom vocal harmonies, with the release of his universally acclaimed debut EP ‘See Birds’. Tri Angle is now very excited to announce the release of BALAM ACAB’s debut album, WANDER / WONDER, which will be available worldwide on September 6th, 2011 on CD, LP, and digitally. It was written and produced by Alec Koone and mixed by Alec Koone and Sam Haar (member of Blondes). NPR recently premiered the second single off the album entitled “Apart”. You can listen to the NPR stream online or via Tri Angle’s Soundcloud. The first single “Oh, Why” is also available for download online.
WANDER / WONDER is a mysterious and genuinely haunting record that seems to exist in a world all of it’s own making, balanced between the ecstatic ‘wonder’ referenced in the title and something altogether more indefinable and uncertain of itself, like shards of light flickering through a blanket of fog, and even though ‘WANDER / WONDER’ is undeniably an electronic album, it feels strangely organic, rooted in nature, synthetic textures and distorted voices harmonizing with an ever present oceanic shimmer. Balam takes experimentation to a new level on this release an opens up his creative process even further with this album offering his insight and recording process to the public.
For Alec Koone, the 20 year old, Pennsylvania resident, who was 19 and based in New York at the time of his first release, WANDER / WONDER is a coming of age album that see’s him expand upon the unique sound that attracted him so much attention to begin with. In Koone’s own words:
“It’s an open ended album, and I think individuals should make their own meaning of it so that it is something actually real to them. It’s not classical music, but in the tradition of a classical work like a Bach Cello Suite, I see it as more of a whole musical piece with themes/motifs/ideas reoccurring throughout, connecting the tracks together as opposed to simply being a collection of songs that sit next to each other in isolation. It’s also an album that should be listened to loudly.”