Alphanaut has officially premiered their new video for the track titled ‘Shake the Rhythm’ on Jammerzine, releasing tomorrow (August 13th). Remaining true to musical form since their last single ‘Virtual Love’, Alphanaut continue the concept with a stunning video by Matt Brown using traditional motion capture (the technology used in ‘Avatar’) to capture a stunning marriage of art and sound. This video is brilliant, as is the song. And, to see both done with such excellence is all the more breathtaking.
Musically, ‘Shake the Rhythm’ is a lucid cross between Adrian Belew, ’80s INXS, and hints of ‘Never Let Me Down’ era Bowie. All mixed together, however, you get one more cog in the wheel of ‘On Some Planets This Is Pop’.
The album ‘On Some Planets This Is Pop’ October 15th.
Check out our other features with Alphanaut HERE.
Alphanaut is the musical brainchild of Palm Springs/Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Mark Alan. Formed in 2008, the project was conceived as a musical collective with Alan coordinating the talents of a wide variety of musician friends and acquaintances to solidify his melodic ideas.
Mark has been honored to have his work licensed in feature films and television both in the US and Europe, including the song “Don’t Hide Away From the Sun” which was used during the closing credits of the film “Stag Night”.
In 2016 he teamed up with his nephew Austyn James (bass) to begin working on a live element for the project. The following year the two met ambient/electronic composer Jeff Kingfisher (keys) and Jeff Beardaux (drums) to complete the core band Mark had always been searching for. The band immediately began crafting a large group new music and playing the stages of Los Angeles joined by Paul Rabbit (guitars).
In fall of 2018 Alphanaut released the first song featuring the the new lineup titled “The World is on Fire”, an intimate and catchy pop song which gained a lot of attention in Europe. Early the following year the second single “Big Sensation” was released which is a tribute to the many late 70s artists that inspired the band like Blondie and Roxy Music.
Not wasting any time, the band immediately went back into the studio to record another ten songs which will make up the next Alphanaut full length titled ‘On Some Planets This Is Pop’. These new tracks will showcase songwriting talents of all five band members taking Alphanaut into a whole new musical space.
Told through Mark Alan’s colorful vocals dripping with TLC, ‘Shake The Rhythm’ is about embracing individuality and dancing to the beat of your own drum, no matter what external forces are at work. The uplifting animated video that accompanies the track is by artist, Matt Brown. Staying true to themselves and to the theme of the album, each track tells the stories of fictional characters that embrace their own unique place in the world; even if it is different than those around them.
Featured image by Roger Mattos.
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