Empire State: ‘Eternal Combustion’


There are so many ideas in “Eternal Combustion,” in fact, that it’s sometimes hard to keep up. With less sampling than their self-titled 2000 release, electronic music — both modern and retro — is still the basis of most tracks. Fusing this together with world-music percussion, the sounds of their own assemblages and the familiar elements of guitars, strings and horns have created a breed of unclassifiable, beautiful music.

The opening track, “Soaked,” begins with light cymbal-work and a wall of reverberating, ambient synth. Then the sound of a surly trombone begins to sidle in, as if a drunken horn from New Orleans has stumbled into the wrong studio and decided to join in. And it works.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online

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About Jason A Jenkins

Writer, father and informavore, Jason likes working in, around and between Tokyo's creative forces. He is an avid fan of live music, carry-on luggage, people-watching and Taiwanese high-mountain oolong tea.
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