The producer formerly known as Al Tourettes will release his debut album through Houndstooth in October.
Alec Storey debuted the Second Storey alias with last year's Margosa Heights EP on Houndstooth, which came after a few years' worth of bass-heavy experimental dance music on labels like Apple Pips, Aus and If Symptoms Persist as Al Tourettes. Now, Storey returns to Houndstooth, starting with "Shaman Champagne" (which features remixes from Perc and Aden) and followed by Double Divide, his debut full-length.
The press release says the record "inhabits a space full of contradictions, paradoxes and idiosyncrasies," and promises "a mix of adventurous club tunes that show off Storey's bass roots as well as his psychedelically-inspired musical abilities," listing Aphex Twin, Prince, Ed Rush & Optical and Cristian Vogel as influences. You can listen to "Shaman Champagne" below. We spoke with Storey via e-mail to hear more about the album.
Why did you launch the new project?Tracklist
I felt slightly constrained by the Al Tourettes name in terms of what I thought suited it music-wise, and so wanted to use something that I felt had a wider scope for experimentation. Aside from the obvious connection in that Storey is my second name, it’s also my second incarnation and if you'll pardon the pun, a level up, which is where I'm trying to get to musically.
What makes Second Storey different from your past work as Al Tourettes?
It's more texturally rich, melodically focused and expansive. That said, there is obviously a strong connection to my previous work in the types of rhythmic structures, in particular with an equal focus on the dance floor at the same time, so it allows me to convey everything I want to in one place.
How did you approach working in the album format, and is there any theme or concept tying the tracks together?
I took it as a chance to experiment fully with seeing how far I could take things, and to allow myself to go there musically. I tried to do things I’d never done before both in terms of structure, tempo, melodic content and depth of sound. The title of the album Double Divide refers to the different ideas i found myself exploring as the album progressed, relating to tension and release. The "Double" being the double-intensity beat driven tracks and the "Divide" being the antidote in the form of the ambient or more introspective moments.
01. North Facing
03. Combustion Hallmark
04. Shaman Champagne
05. One Sound
06. Devotion Notion
07. Protozoan Milkshake
09. The Overview Effect (Parts 1 & 2)
Houndstooth will release Double Divide on October 6th, 2014.