The Imaginary Cookies | Amalgam In The Middle

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Amalgam In The Middle

by The Imaginary Cookies

As ambitious as the Flaming lips, as fun as Gnarls Barkley, and as cute as Justin Timberlake.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. ... Ladies And Gentlemen
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2. Circus Like Love
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3. State Of The Union
4:09 $0.99
4. Reserve
3:17 $0.99
5. Ghost Stories
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6. The Handle Bar Song
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7. Homunculi
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8. Black Smoke In The Blue Sky
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9. It Really Was A Gas
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Album Notes
Well… where should I begin? What are the Imaginary Cookies. Literally; nothing! Metaphorically, sure let’s use metaphors here. I have been making weird music for years, if you need proof check out my best of, entitled: Scott Paris – If…Dog…Rabbit! A greatest hits that only spans FIVE years! So, yeah, I make a LOT of weird music, all the time. When I was young I was really into guys like Mathew Sweet, Dave Grohl (early Foo Fighters) anyone who made records and played all their own instruments. So, over the years I’ve been part of many wonderful projects with fabulous musicians. I LOVE working with other people… sometimes. Part of me always wants to do it all myself. The Cookies record is the first time I set rules down before making a record by myself. The rules were simple: make a record that’s as poppy as I can stand, balance it with weird sounds to sooth my experimental soul, BUT, make sure it can be played live! It’s very easy these days with digital multitrack systems to layer things to death, which I’ve done in the past. The finesse, I think, is to restrain yourself a little to keep it playable. So now, what to call this group of made up pieces of my own psyche? Imaginary Cookies. Why cookies? I don’t know, why not! My favorite bands have food names, Damnit, I want one too! Blind Melon, Smashing Pumpkins, Lemonheads, etc. Also, I guess I wanted an inviting name, friendly and very non-metal. I’ve done heavier things in the past and I am quite done with that. Here we are, present day. I do have a couple amazing characters that help me bring the Cookies to the stage: Chris Egert and Joe Middleton. As a trio with backing tracks we can conjure the “Amalgam” world on stage every night. You can actually picture the Ferris wheels and volcanoes erupting and everything. So, enjoy what has now become a wonderful institution for beautiful souls yearning for a new magical place to dwell for a little while. Lastly, the Amalgam In The Middle title refers not only to the genre-bending hodgepodge of sounds and textures in the music, but also to the band’s sound and ideas in a very harsh market where obviously this is not a big commercial sound, and we must put out this music ourselves. Honestly though, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Not one ounce of integrity was lost from my original vision in the finished product, which is not the case on big label releases. ENJOY!!!

- Love Always,
Scott Paris



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Ryan Baker

Great sound from the underground
This is a cd that brings all sorts of generes to the table, Scott Paris truly captures every element of emotion

Chris Azure

The Imaginary Cookies put a new spin on alt-rock, with an album that is fresh, c
In a day and age of stale, lifeless music, the Imaginary Cookies, with their debut release "Amalgam in the Middle", invigorate the alternative music scene with a much needed breath of fresh air. Singer and songwriter Scott Paris's heartfelt voice captivates the listener as he weaves well-crafted and catchy melodies admidst dynamic textures realized with acoustic and electric guitars, fuzz basses, and rich synth layers. The music connects very deeply with the listener; it is eclectic enough to keep them guessing and transfixed, while posessing enough infectuous pop sensibility to make the songs extremely catchy, accessible, and just plain fun to listen to. Be forewarned - these songs WILL get stuck in your head! From the ethereal yet grooving cut "Homunculi" to the more rocking tracks like "State of the Union" and "Reserve", "Amalgam" is a diverse yet cohesive collection of material, and an extremely impressive and ambitious release. I would highly recommend this cd, and look forward to perhaps catching the Cookies live sometime!


I LOVE's fresh, doesn't sound like everything else out there..
This CD is hot! I love the eclectic mix of sounds..for once I can enjoy a CD that the songs do not sound like everything else on the radio...The music is addicting, and each time I play through the CD I find a new sound I didn't catch before..which keeps it fresh..and Scott's voice is incredible! Everyone needs to have this CD!

Chris Buckenberger

I love their music...
this CD is great. It has energy and is easy to listen to at the same time. It's music that stays with you, without being fluff. This band also gives a fantastic live show...