Alle AKA: Alister Fawnwoda, debut LP Mara is inspired by the idea of his highschool hobby of making mixtapes. The first single ‘Creatrincos Velve’ is accompanied by the animated video that made its debut on Self-Titled who said it’s “a perfect entry point into the project’s mix of melancholic electronic music and windswept neo-classical nods.”
“Mara,” is the DEBUT LP1 for Fawnwoda’s new art/media venture called Red Hyenas [think Mute Records/Warp Records/ 4AD in early 80s] pairing visual and music artists. That’s why he chose to work with Winona Regan who directed the video and Paul Nicholson who designed his logo and also created the logo for Aphex Twin and many of the acid house flyers from that era’s halcyon days. Other talents assembled for Mara are producers Carlos Dengler (Interpol) and Gordon Raphael (The Strokes). Engineering from Steve Albini (Nirvana), Jay Newland (Norah Jones), with additional mixing from Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Musical collaborators include Jenny Lee Lindberg (Warpaint), and Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace).
video for “Creatrincos Velve”
4) Liver & Lung
5) Emerald Cold Strokes
6) Creatrincos Velve
7) Swallowing Silver
Allie talks about “Creatrincos Velve” and Mara:
““Creatrincos Velve was built around a demo I made consisting of a drum beat and piano parts. The first recording of the song took place at Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, WA. Gordon Raphael produced the sessions there. I was a big fan of what he did with the Strokes. Working with him was a lot of fun and I learned a great deal from him. He also played the Arp Odyssey synthesizer on the track” explains Alle.
He continues, “I’m grateful I had the opportunity to work with such emotive and adept musicians: Joseph Adamik, Matthew Lux and Paul Niehaus (all from Iron & Wine) played drums, bass and pedal steel (respectively). Nick Ogawa (Takénobu) played cello. I learned about Jonny Rodgers from film composer Nathan Johnson- Jonny played Wine-o-phone. Joey Stevens from Rumspringa played guitar. Mauro Refosco from Atoms for Peace recorded his percussion parts in New York City. They all recorded to loops constructed from the demo. We processed a lot of the sounds through different effects and modular equipment with Stephen Jones. He built the modular system that we used in the studio. At one point, we experimented by processing a wine-o-phone performance through the modular synthesizer using an EBowed electric guitar as a trigger. We spent a lot of time exploring and gathering raw audio. My sister Abby Quinn and I wrote most of the lyrics and recorded our vocals at Bear Creek as well. I worked with Sonny DiPerri (Portugal the Man, La Femme, Warpaint) at DTLA in Los Angeles after the Bear Creek sessions and we assembled the audio into what it is now. Adam Samuels and I met in Philadelphia where he mixed the song.”