Halloween, Alaska
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Halloween, Alaska

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | INDIE

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | INDIE
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Nov
19
Halloween, Alaska @ The Empire Music Hall

Belfast, None, Ireland

Belfast, None, Ireland

Nov
18
Halloween, Alaska @ Vicar Street

Dublin, None, Ireland

Dublin, None, Ireland

Nov
15
Halloween, Alaska @ The Cockpit

Leeds, None, United Kingdom

Leeds, None, United Kingdom

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“Moody guitar and keyboards bric-a-brac atop subtly quaking beats . . . glassy drones, worried groove glitch, a shy come-on cribbed from an old Prince song." - Blender Magazine


"You won't find Halloween, Alaska, anywhere on a map. Instead, this Minnesota band inhabits a sensual, weightless world of sweetly brooding electronic pop. ...Their third album refines that warily optimistic worldview, with drummer David King (also of the Bad Plus) adding tastefully muted beats while James Diers' abstract lyricism wraps you in a sleepy caress." - SPIN Magazine


"A lot of bands claim not to fit any preexisting pop music genre, but few can back up such claims as convincingly as Minneapolis-based Halloween, Alaska...jittery-jungly and swooningly melodic...sonically large and weirdly cathartic...Highly recommended." - All Music Guide


"[FOUR STARS]...carefully crafted atmosphere, with all extraneous nonsense removed to make room for the quiet, soulful vocals. The sounds -- whether gravelly bass riffs or lighter-than-air background washes -- are so carefully picked and programmed that you dwell on their texture in the same way that you’d run your finger over the grain in a piece of wood....Mesmerising stuff." - Times of London


"[FOUR STARS]...Halloween, Alaska's emotive verve and electro-organic poise is so accomplished, you'd think you'd got your hands on The Blue Nile's mislaid comeback album. Melancholy stains every measured note, but HA reside slap-bang in the heart of America's Mid-west, and the atmosphere of low, distant horizons and isolation is palpable. James Diers can conjure up images to match his lovelorn burr (All The Arms Around You: "into some forgotten space/Where the envy and the hate/Swim around in figure eights"), and a cover of Springsteen's State Trooper perfectly nails the bloodshot, restless mood." - MOJO Magazine


Discography

Halloween, Alaska (Princess, 2004)
Too Tall to Hide (ESD, 2005)
Champagne Downtown (ESD, 2009)
All Night the Calls Came In (Amble Down, 2011)

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The latest album from Minneapolis-based Halloween, Alaska is a lean and instantly engaging testament to the group’s evolution from a studio-born purveyor of lush ambient pop to a full-bodied rock band with equal tastes for winsome melody, warm atmospheric flourish, heady lyricism and freewheeling sonic detours.

In a deliberate departure from the slower, more methodical process behind previous albums, the bulk of All Night the Calls Came In was recorded live in a single room during a single week with all four members playing together — its toasty synths and spare electronic drum pads all struck with human hands, never programmed. Recording took place at The Terrarium in Minneapolis in late 2010, engineered and mixed by scene veteran Jason Orris. While its core moods and melodicism will ring familiar to fans of the band’s previous albums, this new one also documents the group's most direct and stripped-down work to date.

Opening track “You Are Not Well” is an apt encapsulation of Halloween, Alaska's coolly shape-shifting aesthetic: A cozy bed of synths and sparse, electro-flavored drums gives way to a sprawling, guitar-soaked anti-anthem. “Dance By Accident,” meanwhile, melds an irresistibly organic groove with deranged and disaffected vocal hooks. Songs like “Empire Waist” and “The Jealous Ones” find the band imagining a peculiar radio-pop utopia, while “Analogue” embraces the addictive discomfort of its own post-modern rock bombast.

All Night the Calls Came In also marks the solidification of a new lineup following an extended period of tension and transition. Singer/keyboardist James Diers, guitarist Jacob Hanson and drummer David King (also known for his intrepid work in jazz trio The Bad Plus) are joined by newly recruited bassist William Shaw, a fellow alum of Minneapolis cult favorite 12 Rods.

Halloween, Alaska broke into the indie consciousness in 2004 with an auspicious self-titled set of electronically laced art-pop. Initially hatched by Diers and King as a low-key, studio-based diversion from other projects, the group soon took on a life of its own, spreading by way of Internet raves and unlikely T.V. placements to amass a sizable cult following. After 2005’s Too Tall to Hide, the band’s moody palette began to expand as original keyboardist/engineer Ev Olcott resigned his post and Hanson began to introduce weightier guitar work into the mix. The change was evident in the restless sprawl of 2009’s Champagne Downtown, and when the group subsequently parted ways with original bassist Matt Friesen, the addition of Shaw set the stage for a more radical restart.

All Night the Calls Came In is both a continuation and a rethinking of Halloween, Alaska’s tuneful aesthetic. Packed with forthright pop hooks and nervy idiosyncrasies, its 10 songs offer an earnest and compelling capsule of the band’s self-imposed reboot.

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