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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
KittyWu Records presents Lymbyc Systym (USA) & LITE (JPN) - 2 July 10
KittyWu Records presents LYMBYC SYSTYM & LITE, two of the most expressive, progressive bands of the instru-mental rock scene in a one-night-only, double-billed performance. Two man US band, LYMBYC SYSTYM, brings to our shores their cinematic, textured, electronic-postrock - a fleeting, non-intellectualized surge of Rhodesy home-cooking, spiced up with a hint of electronica. Japanese instrumentalists LITE backs up the evening with their fiery, progressive math rock, reiterating their status as one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Japan in recent years. Kicking off the evening, our very own Singapore/Italian-now-heading-to-Toronto multi-instrumentalist Amberhaze.
Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, Jared and Michael Bell formed Lymbyc Systym late in 2001. Drawing inspiration from the groups Tortoise, Explosions in the Sky, and Four Tet, their compositions cleverly combine vintage keyboards, infectious melodies, analog effects, dynamic drumming, and intricate laptop programming to form melodic and cohesive tracks that blur the borders between post-rock, indie-rock, and the most organic electronic music.
Playing in support of The Album Leaf, Crystal Castles, Explosion In The Sky, and a slew of other national acts, and recently becoming a headlining road act in their own right, the brothers have developed a truly impressive live show.
From their self-release debut EP, Carved by Glaciers, to their recent releases for Mush and split 7" with fellow instrumental upstarts This Will Destroy You, Lymbyc Systym have quickly etched out a place in the bustling underground music scene.
Formed in 2003, LITEs cinematic sound combines math-rock power and precision with emotionally charged compositions. The band comprised of Nobuyuki Takeda (guitar), Kozo Kusumoto (guitar), Jun Izawa (bass), Akinori Yamamoto (drums) have risen to prominence over the course of a handful of releases and on the strength of their incendiary live show.
Although darker in parts to its predecessor, Phantasia runs the gamut from Crimson-esque jazz-rock to full-scale guitar assault as on Contra or the blistering opener Ef which has been re-recorded and reignited with the fury of its live rendition.
There are lighter moments too such as the shimmering pop of Ghost Dance or the beautiful, cello-driven Sequel to the Letter. And on Infinite Mirror, Nobuyuki and Kozos trademark dual-guitar lines intertwine over a hypnotic motorik groove that is easily one of the bands most accessible moments yet.
Throughout, there are stories woven into these grooves; the sea-faring tragedy Shinkai and the melancholic Solitude illustrate the bands increasing maturity as songwriters. With Phantasia, LITE is set to cement its reputation as one of the most exciting bands to have emerged from Japan in recent years.
Their latest EP Illuminate is scheduled to be released in July and it was co-produced and recorded by John McEntire (Tortoise).
AMBERHAZE Amberhaze is the long-standing solo project of Singapore-based multi-instrumentalist Giuliano Gullotti. When not singing lullabies to his two children, Giuliano likes to hole up in the studio at night and dream up soundscapes.
Equal parts shoegaze, post-rock and electronica, Amberhaze blends warm textured layers with simple, candid melodies. Amberhaze represents a process towards a sound in constant evolution in which he lets experimentation and trial-and-error lead the way. Very often the finished tracks sounding nothing like what was planned, but it's these random surprises that is the attraction to making music.
Tickets can be purchased at www.kittywurecords.com Event Location: HOME CLUB Event Time: Doors open at 7.30pm Tickets: SGD35 (Pre-sale till 30 June) / SGD40 (Door) Ticketing enquiries: email firstname.lastname@example.org