San Francisco Bay Area based electronic musician Rich Brodsky, aka Atomic Skunk, will release a new album entitled Alchemy on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. The album features 7 all new original tracks, including an epic drone piece, over 24 minutes in length entitled, "Temple of Stars." Alchemy is Brodsky's third album, following on the heels of his first two critically acclaimed releases, Binary Scenes and Portal.
Atomic Skunk made a splash on the ambient electronic scene in 2009 with the release of Binary Scenes, garnering high praise from electronic music fans, bloggers and ambient music stalwarts such as Hearts of Space producer, Stephen Hill and Echoes Radio producer, John Dilberto, who described the music as "note perfect ambient, full of mood, unusual dreamstate shifts and psychedelic edges." Echoes Radio listeners voted Binary Scenes one of the "Top 200 CDs of the last 20 Years." Portal was a featured album on numerous, legendary ambient music radio programs such as Hearts of Space, Echoes Radio, SOMA FM, Musical Starstreams and Radioio Ambient. Echoes Radio listeners voted it into the Top 25 for the "2010 Best of Echoes Radio" listeners poll, while the staff of Echoes Radio featured Portal as one of their "25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2010."
Alchemy was funded entirely by Atomic Skunk fans through a partnership with Pledge Music and like Portal was produced as a gapless album. "I fell in love with the gapless album listening experience while producing Portal and as I got deeper into production on Alchemy, I began to sense how it wanted to head in the same direction." says Rich Brodsky. "In fact, as time went on, I began to see Alchemy almost as a bookend to Portal. The tracks on Alchemy all flow very seamlessly together and like Portal, take the listener on an immersive journey, culminating with a 25 minute meditative piece called, "Temple of Stars."
Like Portal, Alchemy will be released as a limited edition 6-Panel Digipak CD on May 2, 2011. Pre-orders with immediate digital download are available now at http://atomicskunk.bandcamp.com. Alchemy will also be available as a digital download at iTunes, Amazon and others beginning April 22, 2011.
Serpent and Rose (6:27)
Ghosts and Angels (6:33)
Temple of Stars (24:28)