Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Artist Spotlight: LITE

Japanese math-rock: yes, it's as awesome as it sounds.  LITE, frankly, are the epitome of awesome, actually.  No, I suppose they don't break down any musical barriers, but their particular brand of math-rock is some of the most addicting and engaging suff I've heard in a long time.  Playing comple rhythms at super-sonic speeds, the band manages to sound confounding without the gimmicks typically attached.

With the band's latest record Past, Present, Future, LITE has crafted a short but incredibly effective explosion of math-influenced instrumental rock.  There are tons of highs and lows, with plenty in between.  It's incredibly dynamic, sounding like a more energized You Slut!, Enemies, and And So I Watch You From Afar.

"Bond" blows by, while "Circle" takes its time with a more relaxed and deliberate atmosphere.  It is very welcome to hear such diversity within a genre known for making some of the most gimmicky and contrived music out there.  However, LITE has made one hell of a little record that takes all the genre's best qualities and mixes them with the band's own style. This is the perfect slice of quirky and off-kilter music you didn't know you wanted.


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