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by Amakudari

Amakudari employ sitar, mandolin, guitanjo, vibes, marimba, accordion, bass, ac. & e. guitars, and a variety of percussion to produce lyrical instrumentals that are cinematic in scope, incorporating elements of world music, jazz, folk and twang.
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2. Hypnostique
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Album Notes
Former Attic Records recording artists AMAKUDARI have just released their long anticipated disc HYPNOSTIQUE, fourteen original tracks that invite the listener on an excursion into a unique musical landscape. Huw Davies, Jay Taylor and Greg Gardner employ sitar, mandolin, guitanjo, vibes, marimba, accordion, basses, acoustic and electric guitars, and a variety of percussion, to produce these lyrical instrumentals. Of their first self-titled recording, the editor of New Music News Bodhi Raines wrote "AMAKUDARI creates lushly textured yet elegantly delicate music that is cinematic in scope....…melodic, spacious and eloquent with emotion". By incorporating elements of world music, jazz, folk and twang, this exotic collection of country and eastern soundscapes, conjure up images of an endlessly roaming gypsy caravan, collecting melodic souvenirs along the way.



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David Kruse

Foreground or Background, India or Indiana
This album works in the foreground and background--if you're listening intently you'll find enough to keep your brain busy, and if it's in the background you'll have a good feeling about it. The performances are tight, the harmony thick, the musicians versatile, and the arrangements varied.
The first track builds a sense of intrigue with a steady driving bass, and sitar, etc. The second has a syncopated vibe, and creates a sense of suspicion that something is about to happen. #3 feels like an old western with a wistful ending. After a couple of listens to Track 4 I was humming along. Five is fun country, again; six has a lilting melody. The seventh track has a latin/jazz groove that got my pen tapping on the table. #8 took me east--is it Eastern Europe or the Middle East--a nice simple melody that gets faster and faster. The ninth is a blend of country and reggae (yes, I'm just going with first impressions, not researched genres). No. 10 highlights the versatility of the instrumentalists. Eleven builds--different structures built over the bass line, and a building of intensity. The 12th is lit up with the striking of a match blending into a cymbal roll and the rest of the track rolls along nicely. Lucky 13 was so uplifting--the accordion took me to a European street. The final track highlights the balanced mix--all the instruments have their place in the soundscape--and the well-constructed pattern of the song, with a recurring theme.
Many of the tracks play like extended versions of short scenes in wry movies. I'm not sure if I'm in India or Indiana, but I know I've been transported by the music to someplace else.