Donnacha CostelloTogether Is The New Alone


Slowly Sinking In6:15
Awake On The Fifth Floor6:38
In Spite Of Everything7:51
Your New God5:12
Daydream Belief5:48
That Empty Feeling1:43
And I Got Left Behind7:52
Nothing, Still Nothing4:26
Dry Retch10:39
Always A Part8:03

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    Cover of Together Is The New Alone, 2001-09-26, CDTogether Is The New Alone
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    Mille Plateaux – MP 104 CDGermany2001Germany2001
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    Keplar – KeplarRev07, KeplarRev – KeplarRev07Germany2021Germany2021
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    • DetoxDanny's avatar
      Any information out there on the pressing quality? Interested in buying this gem of an album, but it's so quiet I fear clicks and pops or a noisy pressing might ruin it for me.
      • Julien_75011's avatar
        repress is coming here on Keplar, 2021 remaster

        For its 20th anniversary, Keplar presents an absolute milestone in the history of IDM and ambient music for the first time in its definite form: »Together Is the New Alone« by Donnacha Costello was originally released on Mille Plateaux in 2001 as the second LP under the Irish producer’s given name and firmly established him as one of the leading artists in the field of forward-thinking electronic music after he had primarily made a name for himself with house and techno releases under the Jayrod moniker. This vinyl reissue with an entirely new artwork comprises all ten tracks originally only included on the CD version in their edited and final form in which they were last presented on the digital re-release under the name »Together,« remastered by Stephan Mathieu and self-published by Costello, in 2015.

        Truly prescient artists rarely opt for introspective sounds, however that was the case when Costello set out to produce »Together Is the New Alone« during nightly session in his hometown Dublin between April and July in 2001, and it also explains the album’s enduring appeal and unwavering radiance twenty years on. While many of his contemporaries dedicated themselves to explore the musical zeitgeist and notions of the future in conceptual terms, Costello made them emotionally tangible, allowing his audience to feel their underlying ambiguity rather than just reflect on it. »Together Is the New Alone« is an album that wordlessly speaks of the paradoxical sense of social alienation and isolation expressed by its title and thus seems even more topical today than it did at the time of its release.

        Working with elements from techno culture, glitch aesthetics, intricate IDM rhythms and lush ambient textures, Costello never once throughout the album adheres to tried and tested formulas and conventions, but holistically moulds complex compositions out of distinct and discrete parts. The result is a record that is at once easily accessible and deeply affecting, but also infinitely rich and stunningly sophisticated in musical terms. A personal record expressing a universal sentiment—a truly timeless statement that will reverberate for decades to come.

        (Kristoffer Cornils)
        • LoupNeige's avatar
          Edited 3 years ago
          The title "Together Is The New Alone" fits our era of terrible social media and fake happiness more than ever.

          In this noble and impressive album, you guess that Donnacha went through hard times. Loneliness? Nervous breakdown? Loss of a beloved one? Harsh melancholia? Feeling of loneliness in a world that started, in the years around 2000, to drive faster and faster? I don't know, but all tracks' titles won't leave no doubt : That's the work of a soul who is in pain. Most of us already know it : Pain is a seed, from which often grows the most spectacular moments of grace. And for me, this album is definitely one of these.

          Not the biggest fan ever of ambient (which is 80% of the time too abstract for me), "Together Is The New Alone" is NEVER in any blankness nor random attitude. It's ambient, but you feel that this heart, beside this minimalistic, cold and calm atmosphere, yells "I'm alive! It hurts! Listen to me!". As a result, this is one of the most "sensitive", "emotion-driven" piece of ambient I have ever heard.

          A timeless creation, where micro-beats will never age, and where good-taste and subtle melodies will make hearts string for the many years to come.
          • dermot2's avatar
            Edited 5 years ago
            Nothing, and I mean nothing, will ever touch this music, electronic or otherwise......A Requiem of sorts for the times we live in. If you love somebody never EVER let go.
            • panoskick's avatar
              Great ambient album. All time and really inspiring state of the art moments while Donnacha playing with ethereal sounds, experimental beats and real melodies and emotions! Timeless!!!
              • starcrasher's avatar
                I honestly think that this album should be required listening for emotional and spiritual development of any person.
                • skopp's avatar
                  Edited 17 years ago
                  This album is a beautiful, timeless collection of warm, reminiscent pieces. The magnificent synthetic waves of sound in each track wash over you and at times, send chills down your spine. The clicks and beeps tend to fiddle with your head and thoughts at times...interfering with your mental patterns; like a remote control tuning you in to some ancient memory in your mind.

                  Brilliant album.
                  • scoundrel's avatar
                    Edited 19 years ago
                    On TOGETHER IS THE NEW ALONE, Donnacha Costello creates an album of sublime beauty, pieced together from bits of melody and the silence that lies between the clicks and the blips. “Slowly Sinking In,” the opening track, hums and reverberates to a slightly twitchy rhythm, while “Awake on the Fifth Floor” is like listening to a sunrise in the 24th century. And from the buzz of “In Spite of Everything” emerge some gorgeously melancholy piano chords and despite its 7-minute running time, it doesn’t grow stale. “Daydream Belief” is subtle and hushed -- definitely a track for the headphones. “Nothing, Still Nothing” is reminiscent of Brian Eno’s ambient work, while “Dry Retch” weaves a minimalistic spell. “Always A Part” closes the album with a glitchy drum ‘n’ bass rhythm, layered through with haunting tones. A marvelous album.
                    • ShadowEgo's avatar
                      This is amazing stuff. .......the sound of silence.....
                      Beautiful, mystical and refreshing.

                      Some tracks remind me of Eno and Fripp.
                      One track reveals a melody in the back only when played at very high levels.
                      Another track constantly has an upfront chord with noise that hypnotizes you.
                      ...even a drum 'n bass inspired track is found on this one....
                      In an email conversation we both came to the conclusion that the way I interpreted the music was exactly the same as he meant while writing it.

                      Together really is the new alone

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