Los Angeles / Brooklyn duo ALPACA is comprised of vocalist Justin Nuckols and multi-instumentalist Allen Blickle. Their debut album, Demimonde, was recorded over a five year period across locations in New York and the members' native Virginia. Much of ALPACA's material was initially created throughout arduous tour schedules for Baroness, the accomplished hard rock band for which Blickle drummed. The dance, pop, and melody-driven compositions Blickle crafted for ALPACA juxtapose with Nuckols’ darker, groove-focused, and harmonic vocal explorations.
The musical collaboration between these two ex-step-brothers began in the late 1990s while still high school students in the small Appalachian town of Lexington, VA. After separate nomadic wanderings around the States during their early 20s, Nuckols and Blickle both wound up in Brooklyn, NY in 2007.
ALPACA quietly and intermittently recorded material between Baroness' tour activities, finally hunkering down in the winter of 2012-2013 to expand their mutual visions and perfect mixes. The pair ultimately finished a body of work many years in the making and the end-result is a reflective and cinematic experience, musing in concert through a balance of cynicism, uncertainty, and optimism.
To compliment the level of detail the music received, the vinyl edition of Demimonde comes housed in a five-color gatefold LP jacket with spot-gloss finish. Black vinyl (ltd to 200) and yellow w/ red splatter (ltd to 800) is joined by a high-quality digital download.
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