Alas​.​.​. The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive

by Whettman Chelmets

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theronasaurusrex Whettman Chelmets never disappoints and this release upholds his reputation as a fun but serious composer who can pack a wallop in 20 minutes or less.
Dirk Radloff
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Dirk Radloff While the beginning of track 1 with its hard hitting drums and noisy guitars point to 90s alternative the following part contains a strong melodic idea supported by ringing guitars, which let me even think on The Edge. Track two marries ambient-guitars with drumbox-rhthms. The epic track 3 dives even more into that dreamy world of ambient, but it is is later turned into a dark culmination of noise, a wall of sound. Clever mix of genres and a well-thought out song-order, highly recommended. Favorite track: You are Still Alive.
Allister Thompson
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Allister Thompson This hits all the right nostalgic notes but is an original album. Track 1 is more nostalgic and dream-poppy, while the third ambient track reminds me strongly of Flying Saucer Attack. If you like those things, this will hit the spot. Favorite track: You are Still Alive.
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Basil It's on tape! Duh! ;-)
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“Alas… The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive” finds Whettman Chelmets exploring more of the guitar sounds and textures that defined his teenage life, and that sound lends a nostalgic longing to each these three tracks. The first track hits right of the bat with the artist plunging into shoegaze, fuzz-echo noise pop structures reminiscent of the Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure, and Phil Spector. Track two takes on acoustic treatments and blends them with 4/4 kick drums, reverberated guitars and chimes that weave to a grandiose apex with nods to the The Tornados’s “Telstar” and other larger-than-life sounds. Track three slows it all down to a glacial pace and unfolds guitar textures over the course of nine minutes, moving from a dreamy yearning to crushing waves of feedback and noise. At 18 minutes, Whettman Chelmets takes us on a journey through fuzz-tinted memories.

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released November 2, 2018

Track 1 recorded between May and August of 2018. Track 2 recorded in 2013 with additional guitars recorded in September, 2018. Track 3 recorded September, 2018.

All tracks written by Whettman Chelmets. Mixed and Mastered by Whettman Chelmets in September, 2018.

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