From his days growing up in the small fishing village of Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, to his time fronting Halifax indie-rock outfit Sleepless Nights, AA Wallace has always been an outlier, carving his own musical niche that was often in stark contrast to what was going on around him. Having spent most of his life on the fringes of the Canadian scene, In Alpha Zones is Wallace’s report from the sidelines – sometimes exploratory and other times warm and familiar.
With tracks relating to his experiences touring with his old band ("We Just Stopped"), working in an office ("Success"), and a fully re-vamped live version of the first track he ever released (“Shake it Out”), the album captures Wallace at his most reflective. Each track occupies its own small musical universe. From the funk-infused "Harlequin," to the reverb-drenched "Secret Name," and the driving synth-pop of "VLT Girls (We Win Again)," Wallace’s influences are plentiful and wide reaching.
Written, recorded, produced, and mixed by Wallace himself, the album finds him kicking open the entrance to his bedroom studio and inviting his peers to perform. The list of collaborators includes Paul Saulnier (PS I Love You), Keith Hamilton and Heather Mahzar (Beams), Josh Pothier (Kuato), string arranger Drew Jurecka (Bahamas, Great Lake Swimmers), and horn player/arranger Bryden Baird (Feist, Zeus, Broken Social Scene).