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"Emotional digi-jammin' with hooks that you never see coming... It's good for dancing, and anything else you want to do with a fresh dose of awesome!" - Adam Rey, Ann Arbor's 107one FM

"The North Wind, Feb 2008"

Aleph-1's new CD is an outstanding instrumental electronica album. They seem to draw their influences from all over the place, but especially dub, rock, industrial and rave. Try thinking of Ghostbusters mixed with Phantom of the Opera, while tripping on acid, and that is similar to what “Aleph-1” is like.

For fans of: The Faint, Rinocerose, 65daysofstatic, Aphex Twin

5/5 stars - Mike Rominiecke

"4-Star CD Review"

The opening track is a journey featuring distinct, fuzzed and whirling synth melodies with operatic crescendos, hard-hitting percussions, warbled electronic harmonies and inventive minds for songwriting. We have rollicking rock rhythms, video-game heroic melodrama melodies, grooving skewed disco grooves, all set to structures that shift smoothly, almost orchestral in formation. Take the jazzy post-rock of Tortoise and add futuristic, dreamy landscapes of Kraftwerk, Japancakes and Gary Numan — then add intricate keyboard melodies, bass bounces and hard-driving rhythms. Mega Man kung fu with Ultraman in a car chase with McQueen on Saturn. — JEFF MILO
- Real Detroit


Self-titled debut, 2008



"’s the electro-jazz / power prog rock trio Aleph-1 from Ann Arbor, with their sleek sci-fi inflected synths and rapid rhythms... With staggering instrumental compositions that feel almost orchestral in structure, they still keep a distinctly jazzy improvisational looseness. Their debut self-titled album galvanizes cinematic sounding electronic odysseys that combine the fantastic urgency one might feel if we were trapped inside our computer fending off viscous viruses or rival 'red guy' motorcycle riders ala ‘Tron;’ their sound is an invigorating clash of nostalgic '50's sci-fi film vibes with kitschy UFO synth howls charged by 80's new wave buzzy grooves and prog-rock trounced rhythms. (Think: "Tortoise, Nils Petter Molaver, 70's prog rock and, of course, Dr. Dre's beats."
The trio, (John Patrick on keyboards, sampler, piano and guitar; Duwe on bass and sampler, and Dan Sutherland on drums and, yes, sampler) collectively noted a penchant for music “with that club vibe, that gets your heart going,” adding, “We like electronic music but we're all instrumentalists; Aleph-1 is our take on a live electronic band."
The band started in 2007 when rhythm duo Duwe and Sutherland broke from another band and joined Patrick (who'd been discussing with Duwe throughout 06 about starting a "more electronically oriented" project).

Live, the band can be as fiery and ferocious as an amped up jazz rampage, utilizing drums with 2 samplers, 2 synthesizers and the occasional guitar. Their debut album is a staggering journey of invigoration, melodrama and dream-pop soundscapes; the transitions are baffling (the percussion on “DB” goes from hip/hop to speed-metal in one measure yet the flow is as natural as the sun setting); while the synths on “Plan 9” start with a Twilight Zone vibe then morph it into a house-rave blitz; and “GoodCop” features a bass line so full of character and charm you’d think it to be born from the soulful grooves of Motown. "