Mokai | Any Distraction'll Do

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Any Distraction'll Do

by Mokai

With lovingly recorded acoustic instruments, powerful ensemble playing from the supporting musicians, and inspiration from the artist's own path, Mokai's edgy originals honor the songwriter's craft, traveling on classy, relaxed vocals.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Any Distraction'll Do
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2. Living In A House Of Cards
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3. I Just Can't Keep From Crying
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4. Little Bit (All That Lovin')
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5. Holy Guacamole
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6. Broken Dawn
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7. Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor
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8. Backslidin'
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9. Easy Chair
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10. Hayes Street Blues
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11. Northland Wild
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12. Waiting For It All
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Some may take issue with the claim that Mokai’s sophomore release is the epitome of modern folk blues.

"Any Distraction'll Do" is a multi-faceted work drawing from a deep creative well. We hear Mokai's connection to the roots of the blues–he teases and tugs at the folk-blues idiom until it yields unexpected forms. Mokai's signature fingerpicking is eerie and spell-binding on the title track, then warm and comfortable on the instrumental solo guitar pieces, and on newly arranged traditional tunes.

The album's lighter moments are balanced by a bluesman's unflinching look at the state of the world and the struggle of the modern individual. The inspired production from engineer and acoustic bassist Jon Evans (Tori Amos) conveys this outsider musician's deeply honest perspective with cinematic sonic settings.

With lovingly recorded acoustic instruments, powerful ensemble playing from the supporting musicians, and inspiration from the artist's own path, his edgy originals honor the songwriter's craft, traveling on classy, relaxed vocals that have nothing to prove.

Mokai’s sound can best be compared to other current Americana players who have a singer/songwriter side, such as Kelly Joe Phelps and David Jacob Strain. His original guitar style echoes his life-long love affair with the playing of seminal bluesmen like Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake and Dave Van Ronk.

He has moods reminiscent of classic songwriters like John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, with something raw in the lyrics and vocals that shows he means it. Intended mostly for acoustic music lovers, Mokai’s songs fit into the bigger picture alongside those of Dylan and Springsteen.


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Austin Hill Shaw

Foggy San Francisco's Silver Lining
Though one man stands alone on the stage, the experience of a Mokai set is far more expansive. With his fingers running up and down the fret board like schools of fish, with his melodic voice sounding out empathic tales of longing, rent control, falling apart, and forging ahead, and with his steadfast boot tapping out increments of time, Mokai weaves together the personal with the universal, the age old with the contemporary, the details of the moment arising amidst the rolling tides of eternity. Deeply tapped into the curious creativity that pervades the San Francisco Bay Area, a Mokai set is must see.