Blast Unicorn – Van Halo
Blast Unicorn is the joint project of touch guitarist Alexander Paul Dowerk and electronic musician Tobias Reber. The band’s debut album “Van Halo” blends edgy eight string guitars with meticulously programmed drums and synths in a suite of quirky, delightfully disturbing and fiendishly complex compositions.
Stylistically indebted to metal music and contemporary electronics but drawing just as much on pop clichees and the classic avant-gardes’s formal exuberance, each piece unfolds according to its own inner logic while sharing traits with various other tracks, thus creating an interconnected space of densely compressed themes and ideas.
released April 1, 2015
Alexander Paul Dowerk
touch guitars U8 deluxe, acoustic guitar, clavinova, additional programming & synths, mouth (17)
synths, drum programming, samples, electronics, voice and lyrics (10)
Produced by Markus Reuter and Tobias Reber
Mixed by Benjamin Schäfer at Horus Sound, Hannover, Germany
Mastered by Lee Fletcher for Unsung Productions in Paignton, UK
Artwork and Design by Alexander Paul Dowerk
Alexander thanks Annika Blohm, Angela, Jana, Philip and Roland Dowerk, Martha Kusmisz, Lars Basczok, Lisa Hillebrand, Marian Gwozdz, Jaime McGill
Tobias thanks Samira, Simona, Selina, Françoise and Andreas. Special thanks to Markus, Benjamin, Lee and Bernhard for your wonderful contributions and generous help in creating this album.