Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Lite "Multiple"

Country: Japan
Genre(s): Math Rock, Fusion
Label: Topshelf Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl, cassette
Release date: June 5, 2019 (digital), September 6, 2019 (physical)
1. Double 
2. Deep Layer 
3. Blizzard 
4. Maze
5. One Last Mile 
6. Ring 
7. Zone 3 
8. Temple 
9. 4mg Warmth 
10. Clockwork

Nobuyuki Takeda - Guitar
Kozo Kusumoto - Guitar / Synthesizer
Jun Izawa - Bass
Akinori Yamamoto - Drums
Maco Marets (6)
Utena Kobayashi (6)

Though usually referred to by touchstones such as "math-rock" or "post-rock," LITE has developed an uncanny ability to fuse their influences into their own unmistakable dialect that defies generic genre classification.
At times, Multiple’s compositions can place listeners at the junction of unlikely stylistic intersections. Conversating funk riffs will interweave with challenging rhythmic phrasing, blurring the lines between lead sections, obscuring where passages begin and end. LITE's distinct voice is emphasized in tracks such as "Double" and "4mg Warmth," where melodies meander incessantly, constantly taking the listener to new territory.
While many LITE songs unfold at breakneck pace, others entertain entirely different worlds altogether. In songs "Ring" and "Blizzard," the band tests the limits of their abilities with slowed-down, genre-bending forays into hip-hop and dub. On "Ring," LITE collaborated with rapper Maco Marets and singer Utena Kobayashi, where the latter's talents were also tapped for the song's ethereal steelpan section. As LITE has shown over nearly two decades, there exists no style that they cannot master or otherwise weave into their designs.


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