Changing Modes | Down and Out in Shangri-la

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Down and Out in Shangri-la

by Changing Modes

Led Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Stravinsky - all broken up, then re-assembled and painted by Pablo Picasso.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Off the Radar
2:41 $0.99
2. Shangri-la
3:47 $0.99
3. No Fly Zone
2:23 $0.99
4. Race the Wave
3:30 $0.99
5. Ship
2:32 $0.99
6. Blue Tomorrow
3:37 $0.99
7. Blue Light
4:16 $0.99
8. Gate/He Walks in Darkness
3:59 $0.99
9. Vital Signs
2:58 $0.99
10. Someone Anyone
4:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
After twelve months of production work with veteran industry engineer Ted Spencer (David Bowie, Shawn Colvin, Todd Rundgren, Meatloaf, Roberta Flack), the female-fronted New York City art rock band Changing Modes is releasing their third album, containing 10 diverse songs that are guaranteed to delight serious music addicts. Art rock at its best, Changing Modes laid down the explosive and brilliantly unpredictable tracks with high energy performance, resulting in an engrossing and exciting musical experience for the listener.

Down and Out in Shangri-la, a spring-loaded forward-motion album, is like "Led Zeppelin, Dresden Dolls, Porcupine Tree, Stravinsky - all broken up, then re-assembled and painted by Pablo Picasso." Fusing their diverse musical influences, Changing Modes has created something different; something complex, angular, edgy and strangely accessible. The complexity of their music is sure to win the most discerning progressive music listeners, while their infectious hooks and skillful arrangements will appeal to a wider range of music fans.

This album is the first to feature the outstanding, theatrical voice of Camille Atkinson. Her powerhouse vocals on Zeppelin-esque tracks like Shangri-la and Ship are reminiscent of Robert Plant and Janis Joplin, and capable of making listeners head-bang to the constantly shifting, irregular beats.

Changing Modes' amazing drummer/vocalist, David Oromaner, and guitarist/bassist Yuzuru Sadashige, bring distinguished musicianship and impressive finesse to all the band's textured and demanding material.

Wendy Griffiths, the principle songwriter (keyboardist/singer) of the band, concocted the recipes for these highly addictive, unpredictable musical structures. In songs like Blue Tomorrow (inspired by David Lynch's film "Inland Empire"), and Gate/He Walks in Darkness, she skilfully combines most unlikely musical ingredients (Rock, Dixieland, Rap, Classical) to create the most interesting, catchy music. You will also hear her unmistakable laser-sharp vocals on Blue Tomorrow, Someone Anyone, and No Fly Zone.

Changing Modes has been compared to many bands (from The B52s to Radiohead) but really it stands in its own place. As New York Press put it "an experimental band of experimental bands," constantly pushing its limit. In fact, the band has already moved on to the next musical level since recording the album. Expect something new from Changing Modes with Down and Out in Shangri-La.



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Kris Monroe

An earthly paradise indeed!
This is a wonderful album, a complicated concoction of only the finest musical ingredients. A pinch of pop, 2 tablespoons of punk, 1 cup of 60s rock, and 1 cup of art rock, blended smoothly and layered into a pan well-greased with the finest production values. Sprinkle with original lyrics and smother with chocolate. Put it in your ipod and you've got "Down and Out in Shangri-La."

It's a lot of fun. Often dark and weird, sometimes up and weird, yet never so weird that it actually sounds weird. If that makes any sense. The keyboards and the vocals remind me of some of my favorite all-time groups--The Doors, Blondie, The B-52s, and Led Zeppelin. I've seen their video on Youtube and they are amazing to watch.

In conclusion, I recommend this CD highly.

Josh C.

A wild journey!
A really nice cover to start with, something that I feel makes the viewer/listener think a bit. And with a title like "Down and out"-(in Shangri-Las) one also ponders: "will this be a happy or sad work?"... I found a mixture of the two on this CD and the production was nicely done also, making Shangri-La more of a curious listen. I still can detect shades of the B-52's as well as some latter day "Frippian dark influence" from guitarist/bassist Yuzuru. I like Camille on "Vital Signs!"- cheery sounding, yet with some dark lyrics behind the cheeriness... My favorite tracks are "Gate" and "Race the Wave". In fact with the latter, I found myself having a clear "fantasy vision" that was pretty intense upon a second listen-- similar to the way Nero I think felt from "The Matrix" when he was convinced there was "no way out" of a troubled world, there stood Wendy G. right above (me) in a nurses uniform that would make everything alright again with her "mysterious wisdom" that somehow I feel shows through in this pretty song...
"Well done guys and gals!"-:)