New Music: “Eastern Ride” – Alexander The Great

Bloomington’s favorite basement band Alexander The Great has been relatively silent since calling it quits in 2011 and releasing its last recording, Native Tongues via mail. With many of its members focusing on new musical, academic, and professional endeavors, it came as a surprise to me this evening to find a new single on the band’s bandcamp site.

Eastern Ride” was released this evening via the interwebs and is a slow-burning, trance-like song. Opening with a steady percussion that on first listen prompts thoughts of a Hall & Oates cover, the song calmly progresses adding keyboard, guitar, and then a low-bearing vocal that is very reminiscent of Spirit Spine. Who knows if more is to come, but in the meantime, we can all enjoy this little treat with nostalgia and light hearts. The track is available for download at a “pay-what-you-want” rate, so go get it!

*An instrumental version of this track (titles “Winter Is Coming”) is now available on the Flannelgraph Records holiday compilation, The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten, Volume Three, which features a record 34 original holiday-inspired instrumental tunes by local and regional musicians (and a few extras). Check it out, all proceeds raised this year will be donated to Middle Way House!

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