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biography.

hellothisisalex family portrait (L-R: Mark Prier, Melissa Creasey)

hellothisisalex is Melissa Creasey and Mark Prier, a new-school analogue couple from smalltown Ontario. Together, they write bizarro electro-pop infused with whimsy, a love of pop music, experimental audio, and a northern-robot esthetic. In February 2001, they christened themselves ‘hellothisisalex,’ both a greeting and being (with both male and female reproductive organs, no less).

Their music has been described as “simple, yet effective, and without any pretension” by Electroage, and as “fuzzy analogue tones and jaunty pop beats” by Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star. The music the duo write is primarily electronic, filled with raw analogue synths and otherworldly noises carried by melodic bass lines. Substancezine places their sound “somewhere between Isan and minimalistic Air without the drug problem.”

The duo has been featured on EPs, compilations, MP3-only releases, and four albums—‘the anachim thorn,’ ‘the canadian spelling program,’ ‘across the river twin,’ and ‘the accidentals.’ They performed at Lupercalia & OTHERfolk 2012 in Owen Sound, Ontario, and MUTEK 2002 in Montréal, Québec alongside Felix Kubin and Nova Huta. In 2004 they re-scored an old National Film Board of Canada film called ‘The New North’ for the Minus 40 project. Currently they are composing the music for their next album.