Alex Bleeker Plays Record Release Show

Alex Bleeker And the freaks play Record release for "How Far Away" in Brooklyn

Record release show on May 28 at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn

“New Jersey-born Alex Bleeker is an old soul. For his sophomore album, How Far Away, he lets that come into play fully. Over 11 tracks, he deals with the autumnal phase of lost love, the point after the grieving subsides and you start figuring out what you’re supposed to do next. As with his last album, Bleeker cobbles together a ragtag collection of “freaks,” including Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath, who provides gorgeously weighty backing vocals on four tracks,  Woods’ Jarvis Tanviere, Real Estate’s Jackson Pollis, Big Troubles’ Sam Franklin, among plenty of other like-minded musicians who lend sparkling instrumental flourishes and a full-bodied backbone to Bleeker’s pained yowl.

Album opener “Don’t Look Down” feels like a mission statement for the rest of the record. Over upbeat guitar jangle and smooth organ runs, Bleeker’s voice cracks and lilts: “Don’t look back on the way we met/ don’t look back at me now/ don’t retract all the things you’ve said/ don’t back out on me.” In the hands of plenty of other songwriters this would come off as self-pitying, but Bleeker just seems wise. The key to How Far Away isn’t just Bleeker’s lyrics, which manage to be both universal and intensely specific, but also the relaxed dynamics of the players. Bleeker is a jam band fanatic, and he takes the core ethos of The Grateful Dead-let things unfold naturally-and distills it into concise pop songs: tracks like “All My Songs” and “Rhythm Shakers” are brief, but they shift from crystaline guitar to weighty bass effortlessly, with Bleeker working as a heartbroken bandleader, keeping things moving organically. Nothing is hurried, but nothing overstays its welcome either.


05/28 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory *
07/27 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
09/23 Big Sur, CA – Woodsist Fest at Henry Miller Library
09/28 Pioneertown, CA – Woodsist Fest at Pappy and Harriet’s

* = w/ Spectre Folk, King Cyst

# = w/ Woods

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks

How Far Away 


Street Date: May 28, 2013

1. Don’t look down
2. See you on Sunday
3. Leave on the light
4. Home I love
5. Time cloud
6. Who are you seeing?
7. Rhythm Shakers
8. All my songs
9. Steve’s theme
10. Step right up (pour yourself some wine)
11. Love fadeaway

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