East & West
East and West is the second album from Texas band Poko Lambro. After a year and a half of living in South Korea, and two years since the release of their debut album, 'Year of the Renegade Children', Poko Lambro has offered up a double album consisting of 24 original tracks that reflect the influence of the dichotomy between living in Eastern and Western cultures and it's influence on their music. Samples of Buddhist monks, traditional Korean drums and stringed instruments, Korean opera, intermingle with fiddle, Duane Eddy Style guitar, train beats, and live group vocals on the band's sophomore effort. East is a Downtempo/Lounge/Electronica album in the style of Zero 7, Thievery Corporation, Avalanches, Air, Massive Attack, Broadway Project, and Royksopp to name a few influences. The songs range from playful and whimsical with songs like 'Muffin Pan', 'Back to School', and Toybox Misery', to cosmic in 'Oblivion' and 'Aurora Borealis'; they take the listener from traditional Korean villages and Temples in 'Gyeongju (??)' and 'Rain at the Temple', into the nightclubs with songs like 'Need to Breathe', 'Elaine', and 'Busan City Vortex'. If East is a celebration of the rich traditions, philosophy, and emerging technology that the East is known for, then West is the antithesis with themes of wandering, traveling, and venturing into the unknown; songs with organic sounds and instruments indigenous to West Texas, and Americana music. Traveling and seeking something beyond home are themes in songs like 'Long Way Down' and 'Fire Song'; 'Teach Someone' and 'Eruption' are heavier numbers; and the song 'Travelers' is an apropos album closer. East and West is literally a trip around the group's musical world, and a powerful snapshot of their life abroad thusfar.