“Lock up your auto tune. Hide your American Idol dolls. Burn your dream journal. Alain Johannes is releasing his musical Kraken, Spark. It will destroy all manufactured, contrived, 2% music in the land. Spark is undeniable.”
Alain Johannesâ€™ gorgeous, unflinchingly raw album Spark hits stores this Tuesday, October 5th on Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures frontman Joshua Hommeâ€™s label, Rekords Rekords (co-released by Ipecac Recordings). However, as an early treat Alain is giving his fans not one but two new tracks for free. If you havenâ€™t already caught it when it premiered over at SPIN.com, click HERE to stream/download â€œReturn To You.â€ Though itâ€™s anchored by deceptively sunny melodies, the track carries an immense emotional weight as Alain sings â€œTake me away / make me forget this is real.â€ The other song is a non-album bonus track called â€œFall To Grace.â€ Click HERE to stream it, or download it for free by entering an email address or sharing it with friends through social networking sites. Starting @ 10am tomorrow you can also listen to Spark in its entirety on www.alainjohannes.com and www.rekordsrekords.com.
LISTEN/DOWNLOAD RETURN TO YOU
Having collaborated with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, Brody Dalleâ€™s Spinnerette, and Mark Lanegan to name a few, Alain already has a reputation as an inventive and highly expressive guitarist. With Spark he proves himself to be a soulful vocalist and skillful songwriter as well. The album also reveals flamenco, classical, and Indian music as a major influence on his playing and one of the reasons why his style is so unique.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD FALL TO GRACE
After the passing of Natasha Schneider, Alainâ€™s late wife and creative partner, he began writing solo material both as an homage to her, and as a means of wrestling with the complex emotions he was experiencing. The resulting songs that make up Spark take listeners on a breathtaking journey they will want to experience over and over again.