The Hollywood Records release is ambitious, full of dense sounds. It runs the gambit from the dreamy and atmospheric to aggressive, punctuated by thrashing guitars. Doom Hologram harkens back to 90’s electronica, metal and alt-rock.
A concept album, Altpress writes that Doom Hologram revolves “around the story of an angel lost in the programs of a computer.” And if you’re interested in how Alejandro put together the story, in the piece he describes the thinking behind each of the eight tracks.
“All of [the songs] were written a couple months back,” the singer-songwriter told Forbes magazine. But I just never had the time to finish them. I started to record all of my ideas a couple months back and that’s when each track was born,” Alejandro said. “[Then] the whole world stopped in its tracks [due to the Covid-19 shutdown] and I feel like I got more creative with my ideas and being free of a schedule.”
A recent press statement describes the eight tracks of Doom Hologram as meshing “modern electronics and experimental instrumentals with a dose of progressive nu-metal.” The title track is Alejandro’s “cry that despite the darkness of the world around him and the urge to run away, he will overcome.”
Doom Hologram features a collaboration with the Ne Deco Ensemble
Alejandro tapped the Nu Deco Ensemble (Jacob Collier, Ben Folds, Macy Gray) for the project’s title track plus “Angel Delete,” in which the collaborators layered “orchestral compositions and thrashing guitars over lyrics of anguish and hopelessness.” The set closes with “Paradox” where his “nu-metal sounds erupt into Sigur Ros-style reverie with the help of this Miami-based collective.”
“Doom Hologram is a story from beginning to end,” said Alejandro. “It is a conceptual piece of music that spans from classical to pop to metal.”
Tonight (Sept 4) Alejandro will perform a release day concert at City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC at 7pm PT. For tickets and more information on the safety and wellness initiatives around his show, visit DriveInOC.com.
Listen to Doom Hologram
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Doom Hologram Track List:
Return2Sender (Alejandro Aranda, Keller Moore)
Fake Smiles (Aranda)
Angel Delete (Aranda, Nu Deco Ensemble)
Sun Moon Earth (Aranda)
Doom Hologram (Aranda, Lucas Silveira, Nu Deco Ensemble)
Paradox (Aranda, Nu Deco Ensemble)