Japanese instrumental quartet LITE return with their third full-length release “Illuminate” on August 16th. The album was recorded during two sessions – five tracks recorded and mixed by John McEntire of Tortoise at Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago and a further three tracks done with J Robbins (Jawbox) at Magpie Cage in Baltimore.
“Illuminate” signals a change in direction for the band with the addition of synths and myriad percussion instruments placing an emphasis on texture and rhythm while remaining faithful to the pillars of LITE’s trademark dual-guitar sound: precision, power and unforgettable hooks. Nowhere is this more exemplified than on the stop-start futuristic rock of “Image Game” or the swirling soundscapes heard on “100 Million Rainbows”.
Formed in Tokyo in 2003, the band – Nobuyuki Takeda (guitar), Kozo Kusumoto (guitar), Jun Izawa (bass), Akinori Yamamoto (drums) – are cited as an influence by a new wave of young instrumental bands around the world. Extensive touring since their formation has won them fans in Europe, the US and beyond thanks to their intense, incendiary live performances and a steady stream of EPs and albums has firmly established them as one of the most exciting bands to have emerged from Japan in the last decade.
The band have most recently toured the US twice with Mike Watt & The Missingmen and will appear at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan for the second time following their first Asian tour and will soon return to European shores.
“Captivating from start to finish, Phantasia comes highly recommended” – Rock Sound
“Mind-bendingly complex guitar tessellations and frenetic polyrhythms forming an endless series of thrillingly complex patterns” – Uncut
“LITE, like Battles, have twisted and turned the formula on its head to deliver a genuinely exciting instrumental album that finally makes post-rock respectable again” – Rock-a-Rolla
“Their instrumental prowess is little short of astonishing, their intricacy a feat of musical strength” – Irish Times