Sad and Beautiful EP

by Aloha²

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about

In 2012, I bought a small recorder and did not make much of it. Then last summer I got a bit depressed. Amidst a number of silly YouTube videos, I came across a fashion photo shoot using Sparklehorse's 'It's a Wonderful Life' as background music. That video made me realize how important Mark Linkous' music was to me but at the same time, something looked wrong. My feeling was that Mark's music was just the opposite of those luxury images. Its beauty lied in its intrinsic miserable character, with the use of a lot of distortion, scratchy noises and lo-fi recording. This made me want to try to deliver my own version of this sound. I chose five of my favorite songs, those I thought I could deliver in a sufficiently personal way. That was the occasion to dig out that small recorder I had shamefully abandoned. It took me some time to get used to it. I think I was able to set the input level after two days of recording, resulting in a lot of unwanted distortion. I decided to leave it as it is. All vocals are first takes though I am too bad a musician to claim I did the same thing with the guitars. So there's a lot of editing. Eventually, everything was recorded and mixed in five days. Then, I went to vacations and things got a bit better for me. Yet the result of these gloomy days is here for your listening pleasure. I hope you'll enjoy it.

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Note: This is a FREE record. It did not cost much to make and there was no need for crowdfunding. The only thing I'll ask you in order to be able to download the full EP in high resolution is an e-mail address, which I may use for future communication about Aloha Aloha. However, if you do wish to give a participation for the album all proceeds will go to France Depression, a French non-profit organization involved in the treatment of depression and suicide prevention. You can also consider sending a donation directly to them: www.france-depression.org/Appel-aux-dons.
In the US, see for instance: www.afsp.org

credits

released September 8, 2014

Music and Lyrics: Mark Linkous, WB Publising/Spirit Ditch Music. All rights reserved.
Aloha Aloha: Vocals, Guitars, Programming
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at home by Yann Giraud.
Artwork: Alain Marciano (alainmarciano.wix.com/dfp)

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Aloha² Paris, France

Aloha Aloha is a Parisian collective and the main musical vehicle of one person, Yann Giraud (ex-Porco Rosso). Influences range from French 'chanson' to Alt. Folk and Noise/Shoegaze and the overall result sounds like a glorious mess with unashamedly bad production job. Enjoy!

Artwork (c) Alain Marciano
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