Excited to share our next release by aircode, her debut album ‘Grounded’ due out in the new year.
Pre-order here! https://alienjams.bandcamp.com/album/grounded
aircode returns to Alien Jams for her debut album “Grounded”. Channeling a humid, soaking sprawling atmosphere – piano, voice and guitar are layered across a bed of percussion and low- end heavy production, with glimpses of light throughout. Building from her “Effortless” EP previously released on Alien Jams, “Grounded” is ever-evolving throughout it’s 11 tracks, playful at times but also introspective, patient and poignant.
Inspired by a sense of distorted temporality and video game soundtracks, aircode meditates on the granular details of one’s surroundings. The album takes visual inspiration from plant life, specifically zoning in on the microscopic world of moss and it’s almost invisible inhabitants. With this mysterious atmosphere as a backdrop, aircode isn’t afraid to delve into the dark, dank and mischievous imaginings of this organized chaos.
Hoshina Anniversary debuts on Alien Jams with the 7-track-long album Odoriko. Referencing the archipelago in Miyagi prefecture, the Tokyo-based producer presents a cluster of visually harmonious symbols: Japanese gravestones, foam and tethered objects pieced together with minimal electronics and traditional Japanese instruments.
The grouping and intricate arrangement of these motifs results in a measured dynamic atmosphere throughout the album. Hoshina Anniversary guides the listener through delicate sonic structures and cathartic tones with the opening piece “Odoriko 踊り子” pairing soothing piano melodies with gentle propulsion, followed by the haunting undertones of ”Honkomatsuishi 本小松石”. The striking “Abuku 泡” is driven by lucid synth lines, while “Matsushima 松島” is more abstract in terms of both structure and rhythm. Across the 7 pieces, Hoshina Anniversary balances creative sound design with effortless flow, all the while conveying a range of emotions that tell a captivating story as the album unfolds.