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Reco mended

by Karmacoda

A fusion of trip-hop, downtempo and electronica with beautiful, emotional vocals.
Genre: Electronic: Trip Hop
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1. Motion Picture
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2. Frail
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3. Free to Be
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4. Disrespect
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5. A Desolate Heat
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6. About the Day
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7. Amsterdam Room
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8. Tea - Elixer
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9. Swan
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10. Merciless
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11. En Passing
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12. After That, Because of That
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It is a simple objective really; create music to reflect the emotion of a specific time and space in the modern world.

Launched as a collective effort between songwriters, Brett “B.” Crockett and Heather Pierce in 2001, Karmacoda laces their electronica/trip hop foundation with elements of rock, pop and jazz, creating truly addictive sonic recreation. Outfitting themselves with the turntable magic of DJ Rafael Acevedo, Eric Matsuno’s hypnotic bass, B. on vocals, guitar and keyboards and the soaring lead vocals of Heather, Karmacoda’s vibe is immediately engaging, particularly live.

History / Discography:
The summer 2001 release of Karmacoda's debut Reco mended garnered an overwhelmingly positive response and a happily surprised Karmacoda began receiving inquiries as to when the new group would perform live. Because Karmacoda began primarily as a studio project, the challenges and limitations of playing the material live were not a primary concern during writing and recording. Following the formation of the full, performing core of the band, Karmacoda's live shows quickly became popular throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, grabbing the attention of local promoters and clubs and a burgeoning fan base. By integrating a live VJ who creates real-time custom video projection, the band's musical vision was not only being heard but literally seen. The music on Reco mended was heavily featured in film and television soundtracks and won several music awards including the 2003 IMG Music Award for best independent song used in film and television for their track Swan.

Karmacoda's second album Evidence was released in August of 2003, receiving critical acclaim, being extensively featured in film and television and winning several independent and international songwriting awards. With the release of Evidence Karmacoda's international exposure and fan base began to grow exponentially leading to hundreds of thousands of visitors per month to their site, with nearly half originating from outside the US.

In 2004, Altered Evidence: Late Night Remixes, featuring remixes of the tracks on Evidence was released to additional critical acclaim and extensive international sales, particularly through downloadable music stores such as iTunes.

In 2006, Karmacoda began exploring the new realm of writing film soundtracks by contributing songs and scoring the entire soundtrack for the full-length feature Voyeur. January 2007 also saw the band completing their groundbreaking new album Illuminate.


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Charles C. Raiff

A true musical journey.
What can I say? Wow. The slick mixture of down tempo style electronics and haunting vocals makes this album one of the most eclectic albums I’ve heard this year. Heather and B.’s vocals will place a shiver down your spine, while the ever-changing landscape of musical talents make this album flow like a river of lava. I recommend this album for anyone who wants to relax and be taken on a journey.

Charles C. Raiff

A true musical journey.
What can I say? Wow. The slick mixture of down tempo style electronics and haunting vocals makes this album one of the most eclectic albums I’ve heard this year. Heather and B.’s vocals will place a shiver down your spine, while the ever-changing landscape of musical talents make this album flow like a river of lava. I recommend this album for anyone who wants to relax and be taken on a journey.

Fog City Music

Trip hop at it's finest
What a completely refreshing change these guys are. At one point as much as I love punk rock, and I do, I long for something else, something new, here they are. Trip hop at it's finest. I can't wait to hear more from these guys.

Splendid

Packed with surprises as well as grooves
Karmacoda spool out soulful electro-pop in a leisurely fashion. On tracks like "Motion Picture", the mellow, sensual groove feels like top shelf Depeche Mode. Icy synth swooshes and spare piano touches provide a skeletal framework upon which the dueling male and female vocals are free to writhe. Elsewhere, a nearly New Jack Soul takes precedence over goth, yielding radio-perfect numbers such as "Frail".

Redkimfox

Good Karma all Around!
Fantastic! The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is that it I still haven't seen these guys tour yet.

Tim the Enchanter

Funky stuff... Great Vocals
I listened to the MP3's and was very impressed. The samples sound very live and the music is complex... I enjoy bands like Beatnicks to Massive attack and this album is definitely "Reco mended"!!

Brad

These guys are fantastic, watch them soar
Brilliant sequencing and smooth textures. For their first release, this album demonstrates musical maturity and creativity that is fitting for a seasoned trip-hop outfit. Throbbing basslines and intricate drum-loops ground the ethereal layers and samples. The atmospherics create a background for haunting vocals and well developed melodies. The production is great too. You have to listen to the album on a surround-sound system to catch the little nuances. Very nice record, up there with Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky in my book. My favorites are "En Passing", "Motion Picture' and the instrumental "Amsterdam Room"