Alan Madej and his band
Cleveland songwriter Alan Madej has spent the past five years putting together a collection of singles for an album called Telstar Station and has been revisiting material spanning his career for another album, the all-acoustic Don't Be Afraid.
Both albums are set to drop this weekend and Madej will perform a livestream show on his Facebook page Saturday night
“Starting the process of working on a double album in 2016, which is still in its early stages, my band would take a break from that project and try to record a single here and there,” said Madej. “We tried each year between the years 2016-2020 to at least record a brand new single, and they are now all featured here in this collection.”
Madej enlisted the help of his brother, drummer and engineer Alex Madej, to mix and remix the songs into two cohesive collections. Telstar Station features songs like the catchy, dream-pop "Summer Love (Summer Nights)" and the The Who-esque title track “Telstar Station,” with its driving guitars, vocals reminiscent of Bob Mould, and a Keith Moon-like drum sound.
Don't Be Afraid is an all-acoustic outing of brand new songs recorded at Moda Co. Recording by Alex Madej.
“This album was recorded in one session in September 2020, just vocals and acoustic guitar live,” said Madej. “Songwriting has really helped me and kept me sane throughout this current day to day either dealing with social distancing and isolation to just being stuck in one's own head, turning 40/41 through the last two years and or striving in staying positive and bright. I stay optimistic and know we will get through all these trials and in doing so feel it's very important to be a light to each other. Be it a kind word, sending out positive thoughts and energy into the world through song, to wearing a mask and staying alert to vaccines and our current day to day…”
The new acoustic album represents a more stripped-down aspect of Madej’s songwriting and highlights his knack for writing warm ballads and gentle love songs.
“Those new tracks cover a vast set of styles, arrangements and subject matter," he said. "We also revisited some older Madej album tracks from over the last 20 years, tracks that either had an acoustic solo treatment, maybe could've been performed or recorded in a different arrangement, or were just fun to play.”