more from
Aloe Music

Time Smoking A Picture

by Host

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    400 GSM heavy reverse board jackets, black inner sleeves, MP3 and WAV download card included.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Time Smoking A Picture via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $16 USD or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $5 USD  or more


Side A 16:24
Side B 14:32


Time Smoking a Picture, the upcoming full-length LP from Host, is the result of attempts to mimic classical compositions with comparatively crude instrumentation—electric guitar, grand piano, cello, and snare drum. The album is a departure from Host’s 2014 eponymous debut as it shifts away from loop-based music onto linear musical structures—resulting in a 31 minute piece of music comprised of distinct but connected segments.

Trained on classical piano and guitar, Alex Maddalena (Host) wrote the album after revisiting a binder of classical sheet music from his childhood and finding unexpected tonal links between his recent ambient guitar experimentation and centuries-old piano compositions.

The album title comes from a William Hogarth etching of the same name, which depicts Father Time’s scythe piercing a painting while he blows smoke onto it. The etching is a critique of the once-popular notion that art improved with time, and hints that there is often a false reverence of timeworn classics. (“Time is not a beautifier, but a destroyer.”) The result is a pastiche of these influences—soaring guitar melodies, ambient builds, cello dirges, and oblique military marches. The album was recorded in 4 different houses on the East Coast of the United States over the course of 3 years.


released January 19, 2018

All music by Alex Maddalena
Cello performed by Robert Yang
Additional engineering by Steven Ross
Mastered by Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, Rhode Island


all rights reserved



Host Providence, Rhode Island

contact / help

Contact Host

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Host, you may also like: