Songwriting partners Drew Conrad (vocals, guitars, programming) and Mark Zelen (bass, guitars, keyboards) established indie/ambient Los Angeles band ALSO with drummer Scotland Stephenson some few years ago. After two proper full-length studio albums and a handful of European tours, Stephenson returned to his native state of Georgia in 2012. Always open to change and inspiration, Conrad and Zelen have decided to not seek a new drummer, opting to further pursue their more spacial, experimental inclinations.
Chinese Ghost City, ALSO’s forthcoming EP, has become a special sonic journey in producing with wide-ranging collaborations: San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra (Death Cab For Cutie, Jonny Greenwood) contributed strings and horns, Pete Min (The Airborne Toxic Event) has taken care of mixing, and pioneering mastering engineer John Golden (Swans, Sonic Youth, Sun Kil Moon) worked his own brand of magic at Golden Mastering in Ventura, CA.
ALSO’s sound might bring to mind such dreamy Californian acts as The Beach Boys, Mazzy Star or Red House Painters, with influential touches of British post-punk edginess and neo-psychedelic wistfulness, often culminating into a cinematic swell that bolsters their delicate, lyric-centered songwriting.
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