AlphaCub

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Music and nighttime go hand-in-hand.

Under the cover of darkness, bodies move, songs blare, dreams unfurl, passions flare, and hearts race. Alphacub bridles that nocturnal spirit on his full-length debut—the aptly titled Night Heart [Culvert Music]. The vision of Toronto-based and Nova Scotia-raised aural auteur Marc-Antoine Robertson, the record balances shimmering eighties synths, dancefloor-ready beats, stadium-size energy, and grunge attitude (as if M83 and Billy Corgan teamed up to score an Atomic Blonde sequel).

Equally inspired by science fiction like Blade Runner and Black Mirror as well as an eclectic sonic palette, the album feels tailormade for eternal midnights…
“Basically, everybody is someone different when it gets dark out,” explains Robertson. “You turn into another person after the sun goes down. You’re on the prowl and looking for a thrill—whatever it is to you. That’s the concept.”

Originally hailing from Canada’s east coast, Robertson cut his teeth in the successful local indie outfit Soho Ghetto. Following the group’s 2014 split, he quietly recorded what would become Alphacub’s self-titled EP. Catching the attention of Culvert, he inked a deal during 2015 and continues to build a profile throughout his home country.
As he relocated to Toronto around the same time, the city offered an endless source of inspiration to the writing process.

“Everything was born in Toronto,” he admits. “Coming here was like a total a rebirth for me. I sold virtually all my possessions, gave up my job, picked up, and really just left. There’s something about the city. It’s like a muse to me now.”

Joining forces with producer Gavin Whelehan, Robertson tracked Night Heart over the course of 2017. Mixed by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer and producer Ken Lewis, Alphacub’s sound formally takes shape powered by “big drums and synthesizers” and Alphacub’s dynamic and daring vocal performances. The title track “Night Heart” cycles between a simmering strut, glitchy echoes, bright guitar, and an orchestra of electronics as he croons, “I’ll find a way. Turn it on. Turn it on, your light for me.”

“People tend to be social when they’re out after dark,” he goes on. “They liven up. You find your own ‘Night Heart’, so to speak, in yourself. You want to be around likeminded individuals when you’re scouring the streets for fun. That’s what it’s about.”

Elsewhere, “Last Chance Romance” climaxes on a wild saxophone break befitting of its sexy swing and airy vocal transmissions, while EP standout “Friends” adds delicate emotionality to the full-length. A personal favorite, “James Dean” recounts a lonely episode over towering bass and a resounding admission.

“Where I’m from, this old theater was showing Rebel Without a Cause one night,” recalls Robertson. “I asked four girls to go see it with me, but nobody was down. Coupled with this feeling of rejection, I wrote ‘James Dean’ alone like some lonely rebel. It chronicles that whole experience in blunt honesty.”

In the end, Alphacub’s music will surely soundtrack many evenings to come.

“I want this album to fulfill desires,” he leaves off. “Whether you want pop, rock, electronic , or just somebody to speak to you lyrically and make you feel better, I hope that it connects. You should walk away feeling satisfied, like a great evening.”

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12-05-2018

AlphaCub’s “Last Chance Romance” is the perfect song to get you over your Monday blues – hear it in The Girls at the Rock Show’s New Music Monday roundup!

11-30-2018

Bandrec add AlphaCub’s “Last Chance Romance” to their Best Upcoming Artist 2018 Spotify playlist!

06-03-2018

CBC Hamilton’s Adam Carter thinks you need to hear “James Dean” by AlphaCub this week!

03-27-2018

Aupium share AlphaCub’s “James Dean” – listen now over on the site!

03-27-2018

Canadian Beats share “James Dean,” the brand new single from AlphaCub!

03-21-2018

IX Daily premieres AlphaCub’s new “James Dean” single today!

11-03-2017

Thanks to Jenna, Canadian Beats has a great rapid-fire interview with AlphaCub.

10-06-2017

CBC Hamilton & In The Key Of C shares new tracks from The Elwins and AlphaCub.

09-22-2017

Substream Magazine exclusively premiered ‘Don’t Waste My Love’ from AlphaCub!

11-04-2016

Great rundown of new tracks from AlphaCub, No Terrain, and The Alpacas at CBC Hamilton and In The Key Of C!

11-04-2016

Head to Variance Magazine to watch the new AlphaCub video for ‘Can’t Stand Still’!

10-18-2016

New AlphaCub video is premiering at IX Daily today!

08-09-2016

Novella Magazine has an exclusive behind the scenes spotlight on AlphaCub & Culvert Music’s shoot of “Can’t Stand Still”!

06-03-2016

Watch the new AlphaCub video at Dusty Organ.

Debut EP out Friday on Culvert Music!

05-30-2016

New AlphaCub video for ‘Comet’ is premiering right now at Exclaim!. New EP out June 3rd on Culvert Music!

05-25-2016

The monthly “Bands Spotted” feature is up on Novella Magazine with Emay, The Velveteins, Programm, and AlphaCub getting the nod!

05-12-2016

New AlphaCub single up on The Permanent Rain Press!

05-12-2016

New music from Arkells and AlphaCub on this week’s ‘New Music From The Inbox’ at Alan Cross Official.

05-12-2016

Listen to the “explosive” new single from AlphaCub at Variance Magazine!

05-12-2016

Be prepared to have your mind blown by Toronto’s AlphaCub.

05-02-2016

New AlphaCub single premieres at All Things Go today!

Listen to “Comet” now!

02-18-2016

New music from The Holy Gasp, Wood Lake, and AlphaCub up on Grayowl Point today!

02-18-2016

Hear the new AlphaCub single at Undercover Rock Life.

Look for debut EP this summer on Culvert Music!

02-18-2016

New single from AlphaCub up on The Permanent Rain Press.

Debut EP out on Culvert Music this summer.

02-18-2016

Hear the new AlphaCub single ‘Fighting’ at Dusty Organ.

Officially out EVERYWHERE (!) tomorrow.

02-18-2016

Hear the new AlphaCub single ‘Fighting’ at Variance Magazine!

Debut EP out on Culvert Music later this year!

02-18-2016

Head to IX Daily for the Canadian premiere of the new AlphaCub single “Fighting”!

02-18-2016

Super excited for GroundSounds to premiere the new AlphaCub single “Fighting”.

  New EP out on Culvert Music this summer!