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ARTIST
TITLE
Newborn
FORMAT
CD

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RELEASE DATE
5/2/2006

"Alexander Chen, aka Boy in Static -- 23 years old, residing in Boston, grew up in New Jersey and downtown Philadelphia, musical socialisation via classical piano and viola in the school string orchestra, later guitar and discovery of the wonderful world of CPU-clocked sounds and music. No (notable) band memberships, just going it alone. This can be difficult, when the heliocentric part takes the upper hand, but can also lead to revelation and fulfillment, when your own demo somehow finds its way to the label of your favourite band and is well received, leading to the release of the first album. Enter Newborn: ten times DIY-homerecording using contemporary methods, ten songs made up of acoustic guitar, crazy fingerboard playing, rumbling bass, muted singing, distorted drums, expressive string sequences galore, cheap E-Bay organ and carefully orchestrated laptop manouvres. So it is something that has not yet been heard in this world of reference-modellers and catagorisers. Not rock, not electronic, not folk. Not 'post-', not 'pre-', simply there. Present. At first glance perhaps a little bit of each, but on the second glance not the usual sum of its parts. Rather, more. Much more. A completely unique universe with delicate miniature mood portraits without over the top sentimentality, but with maximum effect. Accompanied by song titles that are like rays of sunshine on autumn days: 'Warm Blooded', 'Kissed Under The Sun', 'Truly Yours' or 'Slept Fine'. Melodious sound and beauty. Warmth and atmosphere. Stillness and drama in hectic times. Layer by layer, colour spot by colour spot, mosaic tile by mosaic tile, pieced together according to an invisible personal master plan that will never be understood by outsiders, but will simply be enjoyed -- with a happy heart and the knowledge that something very special has been discovered."