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Type of music generally:
Instrumental ambient/active music with world underpinnings. (damon)
Latest release, Echo and Flow (2012)
LOUD website (has MP3 and RealAudio clips from taikoelectric)
I'm pretty sure they're unique. (damon)
LOUD is three Vancouver women writing original instrumental music comprising mainly drums and electric guitar, with things like flute and accordion thrown into the mix. Eileen Kage and Leslie Komori play the taiko (Japanese drums) and other percussion that form the underpinnings of their sound, and Elaine Stef fleshes out the sound with her distinctive electric guitar playing. Komori also plays the flute, and Stef the accordion.
Recommended first album:
taikoelectric only release to date
See website for availability
Recommended unless you absolutely need lyrics
Eileen Kage--taiko, percussion
Greg Reely--hi hat
LOUD and Greg Reely
Their sound is unique to my experience; not only in the choice of instruments, but in the arrangements and the way the different sounds interact. The album starts with 'LOUDzilla', which seems almost like a baseline establishment of what's unique about their sound: driving, pressing, flowing drumming, followed by the electric guitar picking out a simple but effective melody line. It is not harsh (despite what the group's name might suggest) but there is an edge, a sense of forward motion. The drums seem to carve a path, sweeping you along to the tune's destination. The next track, 'Staying Alive', establishes musical abidexterity, with the guitar this time in the lead, picking out an exciting staccato path for the drums to follow. Somewhere in the middle, the drums take over for a furious solo introduced by some of the group's distinctive 'vocal kiais'. With the groundwork laid, the album moves into the short and beautiful 'April 26' (subtitled 'when something evil is gone; the end of apartheid'). Here both drums and guitar move to the background and the simple, haunting melody line is carried by the addition of a flute.
Thanks to damon for his work on this entry.
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