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Action Moves Away from the Center

by Alpine Decline

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited run with artwork by Idle Beats Shanghai.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Action Moves Away from the Center via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Torches 03:38


Offshore servers and undersea fiberoptic lines burning bright with each fresh Twitter heater; the more we connect the deeper we’re divided; but Alpine Decline returns to patch what they can back together with their own gently frothing sea of wire and flashing light. Most of us retreat to one box or another, and on Action Moves Away from the Center, the duo’s latest modular dispatch, their boxes pulse with a tentative narrative of how we might take cover in faith in each other. It’s dense, rich and tense, a sonic landscape conjured from confused political scrums, a channeling of the motion of aimless protests and fuzzy brute force also grimly, gauzily captured int he album art by Shangai design studio IdleBeats. If political writing is bad writing, fake news becomes entertainment and the truth is diluted into a constant background hum, sonic digests like this become ideas about how to pluck a signal from the noise/news. It’s vague, but vaguely about how we might make things right, how we might recover what’s left behind, how we might fix a new center and hold on to this ever faster spinning orbit of formless chaos.

Action Moves Away from the Center moves slowly and in no direction in particular. The sparse vocals scattered across its 40 minutes are ghostly missives from the past-as-prologue, or deeply dubbed apologies, recommitments. It’s machine breathing, appropriate noises for inappropriate times. Something to throw on to blunt the language blunting your brain and lay some soil for other spores to spread.


released December 19, 2017

==> Recorded over six weeks of rainy winter in Taiwan.
==> All sounds made from scratch using oscillators, filters, wavefolders, voltage controlled amplifiers, envelope generators, attenuators, and so on and so forth.
==> Vocals tracked at Green Machines with M Geddes Gengras, Los Angeles
==> Additional mixing with Yang Haisong at Psychic Kong, Beijing
==> Artwork by Idle Beats, Shanghai
==> Mastered by Masters of Audio, Sweden


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Alpine Decline appeared in 2010 in East LA spinning up their machines & spinning out a web made of quarter inch tape. In less than a year they recorded three full length albums & then promptly vanished, spirited to China.

Guitars photocopied & torn up in the thin air, drums pulsing & voices rippled by in waves of a leaky gas valve. Songs like short stories, myths from some lost nowhere time.
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