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Alphanaut is the musical brainchild of Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Mark Alan. Formed in 2008, the project was conceived as a musical collective with Alan coordinating the talents of a wide variety of musician friends and acquaintances.
Raised near Seattle, Mark spent time in bands writing and recording music since high school. Moving to Los Angeles in his early 20’s he formed his own band called ‘November’ which he fronted for nearly a decade. Not wanting to get locked into any one particular sound this time, the flexible concept of Alphanaut has allowed Mark to move freely with each album release touching on everything from 80s inspired art rock to lush orchestral works, ambient and even jazz.
Mark has been honored to have his work licensed in feature films and television both in the US and Europe, including the song “Don’t Hide Away From the Sun” which was used during the closing credits of the film “Stag Night”.
With a third full length release titled "Meanwhile Back on Earth" due out January, 1st 2016 the Alphanaut sound morphs again, this time into modern electronic-pop. Micro-beats, live drums, electric guitars and keyboards all combine together with hints from the 60s, 70s 80s and the now.
My first ever holiday recording! I've always been a big fan of of John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)', so when I was tasked to cover a Christmas song, this was my top choice hands down!