The leaders of the oddly named duo, Kansas City-based percussionist D. Hitchcock and New York guitarist Sal Cataldi, first outlined their recombinant genre research on the 1998 cult smash "Escape Velocity" (Bad Egg 001), a jazz-inflected/noise & dub fueled flight for the chill out room featuring star turns by the likes of Eno/Brand X bassman Percy Jones. This uncategorizable indie garnered raves from all edges of the cognoscenti universe including The Village Voice (“truly excellent… where Miles meets Midi”), JazzTimes (“an interesting potpourri of styles and spacious ambience”), Alternative Press , Aquarian Weekly (techie gorks, a free-funk direction reminiscent of Last Exit or Sonny Sharrock’s soundtrack to ‘Space Ghost’), CMJ, Fantastic Voyage System (“marvelous head candy, an all-out trip fest”) and Fact Sheet Five (“part jazz, dub, funk, industrial and experimental, way more exciting than 99% of the music being released these days”).
2012 brings the release of their long overdue follow up, the darkly sonic "Gealago." With their way too tardy, years in the making follow-up, HKToD heads upriver for even deeper realms, where machines battle to gain control of human emotional content and people struggle for machine-like beauty and precision.
This is no Space Age Retro Lounge get up. This is The Future Now - from rub-a-dub flute-flavored Blaxsploitation funk and frenetic electro-bop improvs to tribal drum sonatas and delicato acoustic guitar madrigalry. It’s all corralled in an uninterrupted cinematic flow, in multi-sonic-grains ranging from high-rez digital Carnuba to purposefully low-fi/hi-life Fostex primitivo, committed to 0s and 1s at studios in Kansas City and Brooklyn.
Hari Karaoke's efforts redefine the notions of "post rock" and the standards for judging and comprehending harmolodic-rhythmic information. Fittingly, the Trio debuted much of “Gealago” amid the International Noise Festival at NYC's The Knitting Factory a few years back before maybe a little too leisurely committing it to the digital coil, even engaging LaMonte Young in a high-flying duel of pitched drone-n-bash.