Alka (2)

Real Name:
Bryan Michael
Alka formed in 2000 by Bryan Michael as an outlet for his electronic compositions after playing assorted roles in bands around Philadelphia. Composing with synths since childhood it was a welcome return and in 2005, Alka saw an official release with The Cure keyboardist Roger O’Donnell’s label 99x/10 Records. A solo EP, A Theory of Naught followed on Skeptical Productions in 2006.

A comprehensive IDM sound was developed after signing with EE Recordings and 2 full length albums followed, Principles of Suffocation in 2007 & A Dog Lost in the Woods in 2009. Textura magazine described the material as "meticulously assembled, multi-layered tracks that are lush, strongly melodic, and equally melancholic & uplifting.” Using rare EMS synths as part of the Synthi Group project showed a desire for alka to expand its sound.

A sonic sabbatical followed in which Michael delved into electronic instrument building whilst attempting to break what he defines as beat-based genre prisons present in much electronic music. These explorations intrigued Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure) to release alka’s 3rd full length, The Colour of Terrible Crystal on his VeryRecords label. Here you will find the melodic sensibilities that coloured the 2 earlier albums but also hear the sound of a restless, mercurial musician unafraid of crashing together diffuse elements – faltering stop-start rhythms, glitches, drifting ambience, near-pop & crisp beats inflected with the boldness of early electro.
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eel_004 Alka (2) - Principles Of Suffocation album art Alka (2) Principles Of Suffocation(CD, Album) Electronic Eel eel_004 US 2007 Sell This Version
eel_011 Alka (2) - A Dog Lost In The Woods album art Alka (2) A Dog Lost In The Woods(CD, Album) Electronic Eel eel_011 US 2009 Sell This Version
Eel015 Alka (2) - Compounded album art Alka (2) Compounded(CD, Album + 11xFile, MP3, 320 + 11xFile, WAV) Electronic Eel Eel015 US 2011 Sell This Version
VERY003 Alka (2) - The Colour of Terrible Crystal album art Alka (2) The Colour of Terrible Crystal(CDr, Album, Ltd) VeryRecords VERY003 UK & US 2017 Sell This Version


SKP008 Alka (2) - A Theory of Naught album art Alka (2) A Theory of Naught(5xFile, MP3) Skeptical Productions SKP008 US 2006
none Alka (2) - Traced album art Alka (2) Traced(File, MP3) Electronic Eel none US 2009