MILAN RECORDS TO RELEASE DANCE PARTY IN THE BALKANS, THE DEBUT ALBUM BY ALASKA IN WINTER ON MARCH 25, 2008

MILAN RECORDS TO RELEASE DANCE PARTY IN THE BALKANS, THE DEBUT ALBUM BY ALASKA IN WINTER ON MARCH 25, 2008

This outstanding mix of electronica and Balkan musical elements from New Mexico features Zach Condon of Beirut as a guest on five songs on the album.

BURBANK, CA – Milan Records is happy to announce the release of Dance Party in the Balkans, the debut album by Alaska In Winter. Alaska In Winter came about when art student Brandon Bethancourt spent a semester recording music in an isolated cabin on the south coast of Alaska. Upon arrival back in New Mexico, he teamed up with Zach Condon of Beirut, Heather Trost of A Hawk And A Hacksaw and other friends, and thus began work on his album. Brandon, the group’s songwriter, takes much of his influence from his early years of growing up in the American Southwest, immersed in the musical low-rider culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as slight Arabian influence on the part of his parents and their Byzantine church music.

Dance Party in the Balkans is a rich album with various musical colors. He started programming using the recording software “Audacity” and managed to get a hold of a keyboard and started recording a lo-fi pop album in his tiny cabin out in the middle of nowhere Alaska, during the winter, and thus the project, “Alaska In Winter” was created. Dance Party in the Balkans is a beautiful downtempo ballad where subtle programming marries itself with live Eastern European musical elements. This musical experimentation came to fruition after Brandon took a five-week trip to Eastern Europe to experience local dance parties. These encounters and memories inspired him to refine and finish up the album you now have in your hands, Dance Party in the Balkans.

ALASKA IN WINTER OPENED FOR SEVERAL DATES OF BEIRUT’S 2007 TOUR.

“Dance Party in the Balkans hybridizes a far-flung variety of forms into chilly, beat-oriented, downtempo hymns: amorous Balkan strings, the melismatic vocal tapestries of classical Arabian music (often so gently vocoder-kissed as to sound more spectral than robotic), icily splintered piano loops (which are actually played live), skittering hip-hop percussion (ditto), and soaringly simple indie pop melodies obscured in an atmospheric haze.”
– Pitchfork Media

“There is not one bad track on this album.”

– Comfort Comes

Alaska In Winter also opened for Beirut’s tour last year. This opportunity allowed his music to be discovered by the first wave of US fans.

Milan Records will release Dance Party in the Balkans in a beautiful digipack with some bonus tracks not available on the European release.

Tracklist:
1. The Homeless and the Hummingbirds (feat. Zach Condon on trumpet)
2. Your Red Dress (Wedding Song at Cemetery) (feat. Zach Condon on trumpet)
3. The Beautiful Burial Flowers We Will Never See (feat. Zach Condon on trumpet)
4. Balkan Lowrider Anthem
5. Lovely Lovely Love
6. Twenty Four Hours in Lake of Ice
7. Dance Party in the Balkans
8. Harmonijak (feat. Zach Condon on trumpet)
9. Staring at the Sun
10. Horsey Horse [Remix Version]
11. Rain on Every Weekend [Remix Version]
12. Don’t Read Dostoyevsky
13. Close Your Eyes-We Are Blind (feat. Zach Condon on vocals & ukulele)
14. A Love Note From Your Piano [Bonus Track]

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