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Closer To Nowhere

by Aloft

A "retro pop" band with a sophisticated epic concept piece that will inspire the imagination and remind you of the records you used to play.
Genre: Pop: 70's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dizzy
9:17 $0.99
2. Closer To Nowhere
4:58 $0.99
3. Cameo
3:42 $0.99
4. Blind
4:40 $0.99
5. S.O.S.
2:52 $0.99
6. Cactus Cross
5:28 $0.99
7. Unsolid
5:16 $0.99
8. Tilt
4:23 $0.99
9. Sea Of Tranquility
5:02 $0.99
10. Yellow Light
4:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
"It still doesn't seem like a reality" exclaims Billy Mrak, the principle songwriter in the newest band to emerge from the Michigan rock scene. The name of the band is Aloft. "This whole process has been, well, just like a dream" and a dream is the best way to describe the sound of Aloft. Taking note of the many influences from the last twenty odd years, Aloft has found a way to meld them into a sound all their own. "I would think we are a retro-pop band "chimes Todd Brasseur, the band's drummer and music collaborator. "We are unique in sound and yet have that pop hook sensibility, especially in songs like "Blind" and "S.O.S" , the latter almost having a 60's vibe to it", notes Brasseur. Aloft was formed in the spring of 2002. Almost by accident the two partners were discussing the music of today with its slick editing and almost disposable and very forgetful melodies. During this conversation Billy and Todd kept going back to the topic of how much they missed the sounds of bands like Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Wings, and The Doors. "All the great stuff, you know". Mrak adds "All night we kept saying, these guys are so great and yet wouldn't be signed in today's market, why is that? If I'm interested, I'm sure others would be and hey, let's make an EP." Like a phoenix born from the ashes, Aloft was about to fly. Several weeks of writing followed, during a time Billy and his wife Jodie were anticipating the birth of their first child. Mrak began to tackle a complex set of emotions. "You see, during this whole writing period I saw the gradual decline of health in an immediate family member due to Alzheimer's. In one hand I had a life cycle beginning and in the other, the decay and fall. There is no doubt that "Closer To Nowhere" is about that cycle." The writing continued and all of the sudden there were ten. Ten songs, ten lives created and acted from the past. "Closer To Nowhere" is a dream and reality. Based from real life, as a listener you can feel the sense of loss, triumph, and uncertainties of life. Mrak and Brasseur have loosened the cork on the subtleties of a delicate melody and recreate a sound in their music that not only pays tribute to the classic rock scene, but is complex and rich in texture that is solely their own. This is a thinking person's music, filled with themes and questions and genuine emotions.



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Ken Fales

My pick for one of the best of 2004 !
When I read about bands like Wilco and Radiohead writing, recording, deconstructing and rearranging their songs to come up with something new, I get a little bit sick with all of the manipulation. Don't get me wrong, Wilco and Radiohead are two of my favorites, but there is an obvious difference between a constructed album and a deconstructed album. Pink Floyd's longer jams, like "Meddle", are constructed; they are built layer by layer by musicians with ears that somehow mix sounds that are oil and water to the rest of us. The "modern-rocker" in me appreciates the visions of Jeff Tweedy and Thom Yorke, but the classic rocker in me yearns for the warmth of well-crafted melodies, un-"enhanced" by the clever manipulation of sound, post-recording.
As I sit here listening to Aloft's "Closer To Nowhere", the classic rocker in me is thoroughly satisfied, (and dancing some in his chair). The modern-rocker in me is firmly planted, riding on lush, flowing carpets of sound through a universe crafted by Billy Mrak and Todd Brasseur, (aka Aloft), that rivals a trip to Wonka's factory. If we're talking about ear candy, Aloft is Wonka, and I'm the Candyman peddling "Closer To Nowhere" as a new chewing gum containing an entire meal. Track six, "Cactus Cross" has just begun, and I'm stuffed from the meal already, but it tastes so good, I can't stop eating. Each song is my new favorite as it plays, all the way through to "Yellow Light", my first favorite upon my first listen. I honestly can't say what my favorite song is now. I can't have one without another. I need the whole album!
Please listen to this album through headphones, alone, with the time and attention to take it in. It's not a self-indulgent, sparse, rookie debut. "Closer To Nowhere" sounds like a fourth or fifth album, not a first. It is Aloft's "Unforgettable Fire", their "YankeeHotelFoxtrot", on their first outing. Everything about it is mature and refined. Billy, Todd, with two months to go, "Closer To Nowhere" is my Number One album of 2004

Gino M. Ughetti (Denver, CO)

Buy this CD!
I'm not a very good reviewer, but this CD is so wonderful that I have deicded to give you my impressions of it. Well, first of all, any CD that leaves you singing the songs long after you have stopped listening to them must be good, and this one is no different. The peppy melodies that Billy and Todd bring to this CD are outstanding!!! The two best songs, in my opinion, are "Closer to Nowhere" and "Cactus Cross." I just keep playing them and singing along. If nothing else, listen to these two songs and you can just feel the talent of these two men.

While I was listening, I was trying to compare this artist to others, but I couldn't do it. Why? There are so many I could compare them to, that I would need a pad of paper to keep up. I don't say that in a negative way, I say that in the way that they sound like the best of many groups. Really, I think you should buy this CD and then you could say that you owned the first "Aloft" CD before they became famous. Great job Billy and Todd and keep up the great work! I look forward to the next one.