2019 album. Post rock. Also available on CD.
Japanese four piece instrumental rock band Lite known for their thrilling and emotional compositions, progressive, edgy riffs and complex rhythms. are releasing ‘Multiple’ the bands sixth full length record. The prolific maximalists - the band's members are Nobuyuki Takeda (guitar), Kozo Kusumoto (guitar & synthesizer), Jun Izawa (bass), and Akinori Yamamoto (drums) - over the past 16 years, have established themselves as one of the most influential groups across a host of subgenres and are one of Japan’s top instrumental rock acts. Their explosive live show and tireless touring in the US, Europe and Asia along with worldwide album releases have brought acclaim from all quarters.
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 find themselves at unlikely stylistic intersections.
On ‘Multiple’ 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 emphasised 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 design.