The Arctic Zone Released the double CD "Vas Machst Du Da ? " in 2011 , then principle member Stephen Paul Dix put the project on hold to focus on his newly formed band Claire On A Dare . Stephen felt puzzled by Vas Machst Du Da at the time. He felt it was a very contemporary sounding CD , but there was something different about it that he couldn't put his finger on .
With Claire On A Dare , his intention was to make modern Gothic, Shoe Gazing music with a hint of Electronic and Progh influences . Stephen was hell bent on using vintage instruments , and analog sounds . Claire recorded a 6 song CD and was currently working on new tracks when the band suddenly imploded . In the dying days of Claire's first lineup , Stephen began recording Arctic Zone music unknowingly, and instinctfully. Using the Akai MPC60 (so prominent on the bands second album The Mayor of Tarzana ), and and his new analog pedal board as well as a vintage 1973 Rickenbacker , and a plethora of vintage keyboards , most notably a Wurlitzer. Although there was a strong Analog vibe to the new recordings , the budget did not allow for analog tracking .
When Stephen realized he had the beginnings of a new Arctic Zone CD , it dawned on him what was troubling about Vas Machst Du Da …… a serious lack of analog instruments .
"The Analog Kid In The Digital World" at it's heart is an experimental CD . There is a healthy dose of Vintage Guitar sounds, set to an atmospheric, often hypnotizing rhythm , with a sprinkling of beautiful melodies played on the Wurlitzer.
The Analog Kid could be any body who feels alienated by the Modern digitized world .
This is the 6th Arctic Zone CD , and like all the others, Stephen disregards most commercial impulses to further push the envelope artistically.