2014 so far has been a great year for electronic music – in the last few months alone, I’ve had the pleasure of listening to and writing about the likes of 3TEETH, Seeming, and Randolph & Mortimer. And here we are now, sharing with you a band that’s new to my radar: Alter Der Ruine.
Alter Der Ruine is on the softer side of electronic, but they weren’t always this laid back. Hailing from Arizona, their roots are in powernoise. Nowadays, though, their atmospheric and layered synth tones are a great way to soundtrack your summer. “I Will Remember It All Differently” was released on July 8 and is available as a digital download and also as a physical CD. Remember those? (Please buy the CD and support physical media!)
Michael Treveloni provides the vocal work, and the immediate quality that stands out is that he’s not trying to sound like 85% of the other synth acts in existence. In a field that tends to get very same-y, Michael shines through with his raw vocal performances. No over-production here. Michael Jenney and Tamara Jenney round out the act, with the three collectively taking part in the music creation and programming.
The layering on “I Will Remember It All Differently” is masterfully created. The effect is top notch on a good pair of headphones – the listener will definitely notice the tiny nuances in the background layers even more on headphones or a good home audio system than through computer speakers. You can test it out here:
If forced to compare I Will Remember It All Differently to other existing music, it mostly gives hints of early 2000s Hybrid and A-Ha releases (this, not this). The electronics from Alter Der Ruine, combined with Treveloni’s vocal performances, put the band on a higher level. The versatility from earlier releases compared with the new album is quite astonishing – upon first listen, it’s impossible to even tell that this material has been created by some of the same people. However, as different as all their releases are, each one is an A-level album in its own right. I Will Remember It All Differently is an A+ piece of music from an incredibly diversely talented band.
Alter Der Ruine are on tour with Mr. Kitty starting Thursday, July 17, 2014:
Thursday, 17 July, 2014 – Tucson, AZ – Surly Wench Pub
Friday, 18 July, 2014 – San Diego, CA – Kensington Club
Saturday, 19 July, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Complex
Sunday, 20 July, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 – Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 – Seattle, WA – The Highline
Friday, 25 July, 2014 – Salt Lake City, UT – Area 51
Saturday, 26 July, 2014 – Denver, CO – Milk Bar – DJ SETS BY DJ PLASTIC DISEASE OF ALTER DER RUINE!
Sunday, 27 July 2014 – Denver, CO – The Church Nightclub
Monday, 28 July, 2014 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Thursday, 31 July 2014 – Dallas, TX – The Boiler Room
Saturday, 2 August, 2014 – Austin, TX – Elysium
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Official Site: http://www.alterderruine.com