Across the River Twin
ABOUT THE ALBUM: The duo returns with their first full album in over two years, featuring nine tracks of the melodic electronic tunes you know and love. Limited to 150 copies, each CDr is packaged in a handmade pouch with sewn-in photo inserts. BIO: hellothisisalex is Mark Prier and Melissa Creasey, two new-school analogue kids originally from smalltown Ontario, but now living in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Together, they write bizarre electro pop soundscapes infused with whimsy, non-linear narrative, and a love of pop music and experimental audio. In February 2001, they christened themselves 'hellothisisalex,' both a greeting and being (with both male and female reproductive organs, no less). Their music has been described as 'simple, yet effective, and without any pretension' by Electroage, and as 'fuzzy analogue tones and jaunty pop beats' by Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star. The music the duo write is primarily electronic, filled with raw analogue synths and otherworldly noises carried by melodic bass lines. Substancezine places their sound 'somewhere between Isan and minimalistic Air without the drug problem'. ACROSS THE RIVER TWIN CREDITS: All music by hellothisisalex (including pots, pans, plates, voices, guitar, melodica, saxophone, synths and clock radio). Recorded in two basements 2003-2004. Thanks to Piehead Records, Brave New Waves, and everyone who has supported us. We love you. REVIEWS: 'Hellothisisalex is a young electronic duo from Canada, consisting of Mark Prier and Melissa Creasey, who both share a strong love of analogue synthesizers, as well as 'pots, pans, plates, voices, guitar, melodica, saxophone and clock radio.' Not that it's easy to hear all of this, but I'm sure it's somewhere in there. Hellothisisalex like their pop to be electro. ... A somewhat somber tone on this album, which has mid-tempo electro songs, fuzzy analogue sounds coming from likewise buzzing synthesizers. Nicely executed, Hellothisisalex could have been released by Suction Records or maybe some of the older Morr Music releases. Despite their young history, Hellothisisalex managed to deliver a nice album of mildly somber tracks, without getting too gloom and doom, but inventive enough.' - Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly. 'Across The River Twin is the new release by Mark Prier and Melissa Creasey, the duo more widely known as hellothisisalex. The two are originally from small-town Ontario but are currently based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland where they continue their love affair of infusing pop music with experimental audio. The new album was originally inspired by the fires that raged along the Ottawa River between Hull and Ottawa during the early 20th Century, which is referenced in the titles of the album and the song 'A Fire Carried By Hot Winds.' Intended as an homage to Upper and Lower Canada, Across The River Twin was recorded unhurriedly over a year and a half between early 2003 and the summer of 2004, resulting in nine short pieces of lovely electronic pop brimming with their signature soft melodies and groovy electro beats. Some gems to be found here include 'The Beauty Queen Waves Goodbye' and 'Home Is As Near As The Telephone' which bring the album to an end perfectly. The album is actually a limited edition of only 150 copies, and each one is packaged in a handmade pouch with sewn-in photo inserts. The Alectric Audio website offers free downloads of two of the songs from the album as well as other music by hellothisisalex.' - Constantine K., We Love Musique.