Out of the darkness shines a hint of hope with ALU's debut CD Infomercial Gasmask. Her 11 song mood piece is a blend of solid songwriting, dark electronica and crystal clear vocals, an intense mixture of jazz, pop and classical music that can only be described as "ALU." This collection of songs examines the destructive nature of modern life and its damaging effects on the fragile human condition. ALU's apocalyptic lullabies give hope and strength in such desperate times. A haunting yet healing voice that challenges and inspires. ALU is the sound of the future. Alu's Infomercial Gasmask features collaborations with electronica dub artist Doctor Echo, virtuoso string arranger Hiro Goto and was mixed by legendary sound engineer Geza X. All songs are written and performed by ALU. Reviewers have compared ALU to artists such as: Portishead, Tori Amos, Massive Attack, Bjork, Radiohead, Tricky, Air, Emiliana Torrini, Jeff Buckley, Trespassers William, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox and Enya.
This album includes "Last Lullaby" from feature film "Juncture," "Asphyxia" from the Babcock Jedeikin independent film "Out of Body" and "Ordinary Deity" from the award winning short "Coaster."
-One of Music Connection's Top 15 reviewed CDs of 2005.
-Tripofagia.com's Best Album of 2004.
-Nominated for best record of 2004 by CDReviews.com.
-One of Collected Sounds top 15 independently released CDs of 2004.
-An Editor's Pick on CDBaby.com.
-An Editor's Pick in Smother Magazine.
What the press is saying about ALU's Infomercial Gasmask:
"A dark shaded masterpiece" -www.trip404.com
"Alu beautifully reflects the darker side of modern metropolitan life" -Mean Street Magazine
"Alu is a master poet of genius insight. And what a voice - It is often paradoxical being both lonely and comforting. It is always intoxicating" -touring the indies
"Infomercial Gasmask makes doom and decay sound sexy and ethereal" -music connection magazine
"Shades of Portishead at their peak and Tricky's urban paranoia...A chilling echo of our times. This is a remarkable and accomplished debut" -luna kafe e-zine
"A kind of apocalypse where even desperation and desolation are beautiful" -inimitable music
"An all-expenses-paid tour through that dim twilight land between sleep and waking where beauty and fear still roam free and unshackled" -cdreviews.com
"This album is a fragile self-examination that will leave you feeling haunted by the poltergeists that surround such frantic moments. Tori Amos and Massive Attack had a baby and they call it ALU" -smother magazine
"I imagine that every time I hear this CD I will pick a new favorite. Go get this CD already...really and play it loudly. MMMmmmm....." collected sounds