Karmacoda | Illuminate

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Illuminate

by Karmacoda

A fusion of electronica, rock, trip-hop and downtempo with beautiful, emotive vocals.
Genre: Electronic: Trip Hop
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2. Skylines
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3. Wonder
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4. Make Like Mine
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5. Delay the Sun
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6. Turn
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7. Hope Over Hope
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8. Chapel
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9. Glow
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10. Spectre
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11. Ambient Song
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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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jeremy chow


this is what i call real music.
love these people.

Juan R. Rock


Fantastic album.

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Illuminate is a shining album
Illuminate brings to light a mature Karmacoda, an album full of much more than interesting soundscapes and dream-inducing vocals. Illuminate features a band that has masterfully created a new, authentic sound: their own.

Solid, songwriterly form, fresh instrumentation, top-notch production and of course Heather Pierce and B.'s gorgeous vocals captivate the listener, drawing them into Karmacoda's world straight away. Opening track 'Something' highlights dense, hooky harmonies with an upbeat, smirky attitude. 'Turn' combines lush strings and a hypnotic melody, creating a song that sticks in ones mind for days. 'Chapel' features the two singers sharing a striking duet, conjuring a melancholy so beautiful that one starts to feel uplifted. 'Spectre' evokes the dark sexiness that Karmacoda may best be known for, while 'Skylines' could catapult the band to stardom.

Illuminate is a shining album whose parting message is this: Karmacoda has upped their sound and with it, their game.

E-Dubs from Newark, DE

there needs to be a rating of '6' for 'frickin AWESOME'
I first heard "Turn" from this album on Dave's lounge and thought it rawked. I then tried out the whole thing with Ruckus and then I needed to own it...plain and simple. I love the melodies and the beats. The singing and the progressions were just very appealing to me and I am now a fan of Karmacoda because of this album.