ALEX BLEEKER (REAL ESTATE) – ” “Heaven on the Faultline “

Posted: January 21, 2021 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker doesn’t fall too far from the tree with his solo work. That’s not a bad thing at all, “La La La” is a sunny bit of jangly pop that may warm up your January just a little. It’s from his new album Heaven on the Faultline which is out March 5th. The new album “Heaven on the Faultline”, which departs from his last full-band outing as Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, 2015’s Country Agenda. Whereas that album had a more full-bodied explicitly folk-y feel, Heaven on the Faultline finds Bleeker getting back to his homespun roots over the course of its 13 songs, from the jangly guitar pop of New Jersey heroes the Feelies and YLT’s hushed, acoustic reveries to the open-hearted folk rock that marks so much of the Grateful Dead’s early catalogue. Written and recorded over the last several years, Heaven on the Faultline’s songs were initially recorded straight to GarageBand in Bleeker’s bedroom before receiving further studio refinement in co-producer Phil Hartunian’s Tropico Beauty space in Los Angeles.

With contributions from Confusing Mix of Nations’ Josh Da Costa, Cameron Stallones of Sun Araw, singer-songwriter Kacey Johansing, and Parting Lines’ Tim Ramsey, Heaven on the Faultline achieves a warm and intimate feel that defines Bleeker’s mission for the album: “I wanted to capture the moment in which I fell in love with making music to begin with. This is music for myself—me getting back to music for music’s sake.” The unsteady times we live in certainly creep into view on Heaven on the Faultline. The deceptively easygoing “D Plus” was written on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration with the cursed event in mind, while the anxiety of climate change hovers just above the lovely guitar loops of “Felty Feel.”

“The album is very much about dealing with the anxiety of a sense of impending doom,” Bleeker states while discussing the album’s portentous vibes. “When is the hammer going to fall? How do we go forward in the face of such anxiety and experience the complexity of life?” Tough questions with few answers, but try not to stress too much. It’s possible to experience such existential doubt while also enjoying the simple pleasures that life has to offer, and that ethos is square at the heart of Heaven on the Faultline. It defines who Alex Bleeker is, too, and is one of many reasons why I’m proud to have known this special person and artist for so long.

Night Bloom Records is a small independent label founded by friends Kacey Johansing, Jeff Manson and Alex Bleeker. We are based out of Los Angeles and West Marin, California . We feel deeply honored to be able to share music by people whom we deeply admire. Thank you for listening!

From the Album “Heaven on the Faultline” out 3/5/21 on Night Bloom Records

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