Directions In Sound with
Directions In Sound 2013 -- a CAAM presentation of the 31st SF International Asian American Film Festival -- delivers a genre-bending showcase featuring emerging artists and established vets. Join us on a trip through the future-forward music scene thatís blowing up the Asian American underground. Donít blink...You might miss the next big thing!
With Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group), their fourth album, the Los Angeles based sextet, singer Chhom Nimol, guitarist-singer Zac Holtzman, keyboardist Ethan Holtzman, brass and woodwinds player David Ralicke, drummer Paul Dreux Smith and bassist Senon Gaius Williams, has reached a powerful new plateau, deftly balancing the wide-ranging influences that inform their sound and songs.
From snaking, driving rock ("Cement Slippers," "Family Business," "2012," and the title track) to Cambodian dub psych-groove ("Uku") and everywhere in between (the bilingual, gear- shifting tour de force "Only a Friend," the mesmerizing "Mr. Bubbles"), Cannibal Courtship is, like the tropical malady that gave the band its name, wildly catching.
Jhameel presents a blend of orchestral instruments, tight percussion, fierce vocal melodies, and rich synthesizers in his new album, The Human Condition. His music is tied together by his distinct pop sensibility, with influences in Jonsi, Phoenix, and MGMT. "Jhameelís second LP, The Human Condition, is an album of classically-influenced pop that struggles gracefully with the big issues of our time. Itís so graceful that it could put him in the running to be the voice of his generation." --MTV