House of Luck
ABOUT THE BAND: Electrickoraland (EKL) create original music using a fusion of world instruments, combined with contemporary sounds. Originally EKL began working with the Traditional Kora (African Harp), Cello and hand percussion (Djembe; Tama; Shakers) which feature in their first Album 'Numbawan'. Since then EKL have spread their global roots to an expansive repertoire featuring an Electrified version of the Kora (with the additional of 4 bass strings); Electronically modulated cello; Mbiras (African Thumb Pianos); Hang Drums (Gong like instruments shaped like flying saucers); Cajon, and Balafon (West African instrument similar to Marimba). These instruments are channelled through an array of effects, with various acoustic hand percussion of African and Contemporary influence, and sometimes with programmed percussion. The new Album 'House of Luck' also draws on Indian influences featuring Konnakol (Indian Vocal Percussion), and on some tracks African inspired lyrics. Guest artists top off superb production and include Viola, Tama from West African Griot Zig Bey Jan, Double Bass, and Orchestral Percussion. Superbly mastered by James Hewgill (one of Australia's finest sound engineers) make this an album your ears won't tire of. THE TRACKS; 1) JINADEE - a purely vocal piece combining mostly Indian percussive and melodic patterns with African inspired song, harmonic chant and even a line of rudimentary beatboxing. Sound like a quirky beast?:- that it is! Two of the band members travelled to India during the recording process to study Konokol - Southern Indian vocal percussion, having already spent several years studying southern Indian Vocal Technique. 2) SPACEKATWALK A spacious piece that was written for a collaboration backing models and dancers live on a catwalk . The piece is comprised of sparkley Kora, draped in multiple violas set against a rich panorama of programmed beats, held together with a Steve Reich inspired Cello line. Add salt and pepper to taste... 3) INCOGNITO is about movement. The otherworldly sounds of the Hang drum are coupled with dark cello lines and restless Cajon (Spanish box drum)... whispers of vocal tabla weave in and out like voices carried on a desert wind... 4) NANO JALI - Listening back to this piece, it felt like we had managed to squeeze an entire African Village into a very small space. The word 'Nano' seemed to capture this, as well as the fact that some of the studio flourishes give it a more 'futuristic' feel. 'Jali' is one of many words for the hereditary musician/oral historians so integral in much of West Africa's traditional cultural fabric 5) WAY O' THE WHIRL"D Mbira (Zimbabwean Thumb Piano) takes you on a whimsical journey. Cello and Bass guitar thread around the melodic line, and Hoshos (gourd shakers) hold you to the rhythm. 6) THE ORIGINAL IMPOSSIBLE PERSON: Composed for a collaboration with dancers using 2 Hang drums, Cello, Djembes, and additional percussion. An unusual percussive and enharmonic sonority is introduced by using underside of the Hang as a hand drum. The piece is as dynamic and eccentric as the name suggests.