The music of ALONSO is an enchantment of intricately crafted songs with trip hop, dub and deep house grooves combined with passionate Spanish guitars, pumping Chapman stick and intimately lyrical vocals.
The debut self-titled solo album ALONSO is the story of passion, of Love, of loss, and of the oh-so-relatable intimate realisation of purpose in a self-expressed journey. This story begins a long time ago though. It swims in the pool of emotion that everyone that has been in Love swims in. There's a palpable sincerity in the romance that these songs express. From the album's love-at-first-sight opening line "I'm floating away..." through to the encapsulating last lyric "...Here. Now. On." the message makes itself beautifully clear. Love is no minor venture. And to experience it in intimate terms is a profound, life changing experience. Relatable? Very. Arresting? Of course.
Although ALONSO doesn't draw from any obvious influences, it's not unlikely, upon first listen that one is reminded of the emotion that Seal and Sade expressed consistently throughout their musical journeys. Mix that mood in half with the art school derived panache of David Sylvian and Peter Gabriel, blended with the lyrical profundity of Leonard Cohen and you might be able to pin this aesthetic.
But this story started long ago... as the founding member, principle songwriter and uniquely asserted Chapman Stickist of the iconic Toronto alternative band Glueleg; ALONSO recorded and released three albums in the 1990's for EMI Canada. With these critically acclaimed albums, eight Canadian National tours (including countless supporting shows with Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth and The Tea Party, in 2000+ seat venues) a solid and positively consistent impression was left with audiences across the country. And then, over time, something special happened... as fans steeped in the music, a cult following was born. 20 years later, Glueleg's albums can still be heard on commercial and college radio stations, and in the homes of diehard fans of the band across Canada to this day. Further, the hit single "Heroic Doses" still receives regular international TV exposure as it was featured in an episode of the classic Canadian TV series "Due South" through syndication in Scandinavia, Western Europe, Central America and South East Asia.
ALONSO's yet to be released second album was written over the course of 2018 in Bodrum, Turkey. Inspired by the mix of Ancient Greek and Anatolian customs juxtaposed to the grinding Turkish EDM music pouring out of the infinite resorts in this Aegean landscape. The album was then recorded and mixed between July and September at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire, UK.
ALONSO is available through iTunes, Spotify.