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

JT empire state test

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About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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