UPGRADE SOUL is an award-winning, digital graphic novel featuring an original score by celebrated experimental musician/composer Alexis Gideon. Every bit as dense and strange as the book that inspired it, Gideon’s soundtrack mines jazz, hip hop, and giallo influences to sculpt a gloriously unpredictable soundscape punctuated alternately by passages of head-bopping bliss and skin-crawling tension.
The DELUXE VINYL version is LIMITED to 100 copies worldwide and realizes the artist’s vision with globby gooey red inside translucent orange vinyl, and includes a signed print by Ezra Claytan Daniels, exclusive to this edition. Upgrade Soul will also be available in an unlimited black vinyl edition.
ALEXIS GIDEON is an American visual artist, composer and performer, best known for his innovative animated live video operas and multidisciplinary techniques. Gideon has performed and exhibited throughout the world, including at Moderna Museet Stockholm, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Malaga, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Vdrome, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Time Zones Festival Italia.
EZRA CLAYTAN DANIELS is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been featured at museums and festivals all over the world, including in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum. His Eisner-nominated graphic novel, UPGRADE SOUL, was named one of the best books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Vulture, The Library Journal, Tor.com, and Paste.
released October 25, 2019
Except where noted, all songs composed, performed, produced and recorded by Alexis Gideon. Vocals on "Conception I" and "Death" by Shelley Short. Publishing: Paw Paw Tree Music ASCAP
"Nintendo" composed and performed by Shelley Short. Alexis Gideon on guitar and drum programming, Rachel Blumberg on drums, and Shelley Short on keyboard and vocals. Recorded by Alexis Gideon. Publishing: The Me of We ASCAP
Graphic design by Ezra Claytan Daniels. Mastered by Margaret Luthar, Chicago Mastering Service.
From Mexico, I met your work with this album, since you where suppose to perform here a year ago. Loved it right away. As a funny fact, I write my thesis listening to this, it works just like pills or magic.
I love how u don't give a fuck but at the same time take care of every single sound and word on every song always. You make chaos the new order. Love u always. ❤️