Whether you call them trip hop, electro-pop, or a hybrid of electronica, rock and jazz, just be careful not to incorrectly pigeonhole San Francisco’s Karmacoda as an ambient, electronic band, for they are truly a cut above the rest. Their musical influences are so diverse that layers of complexity reveal themselves with repeated listens.
Their new album, Eternal, will be released on August 2nd, 2011 on their independent label Sola Musa Music. Their first single, “Love Will Turn Your Head Around,” was released on April 8. Featuring vocals from Beth Hirsch (Air) and Anji Bee (Lovespirals), this song is a sonic delight and classic to the Karmacoda style. The single will be available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.
Lead male vocalist, pianist and guitarist B. (Brett Crockett) also acts as Karmacoda’s engineer, producer, arranger and mixer. With this set up, the band has created a sound where the production and recording is just as important as the writing and performing. “On ‘Love Will Turn Your Head Around,’ I started with basic drums, noise loops and added highly processed guitars. Then I thought of the movie Night On Earth and multiple parallel story lines going on at the same time,” says B.
Karmacoda’s lead female vocalist Heather Pierce, along with Beth Hirsch, Anji Bee and B. were then each asked to independently write their own parts to the music and sing about what they’d be doing and thinking at two o’clock in the morning. All four vocals and stories were then integrated into a sonic scene. “The end of the song has been called an orgy with all of the vocals harmonizing and intertwining together. We take that as a tremendous compliment.”
“Love Will Turn Your Head Around” also premiered on Episode #260 of the Mevio Network’s twice-nominated “Best Podsafe Music Podcast,” The Chillcast with Anji Bee on April 8. Bee collaborated on the “Love Will Turn Your Head Around” single with Karmacoda and legendary vocalist Beth Hirsch. Since 2006, Bee has had over 5 million downloads of nearly 300 audio episodes and 55 video episodes of The Chillcast, featuring approximately 1,500 bands and artists in a wide range of electronica genres. Karmacoda, who also collaborated with Bee’s band, Lovespirals, on an updated version of the classic song “Motherless Child,” gav away a CD single for Chillcast listeners on that show.
Listen to Episode #260 of The Chillcast with Anji Bee featuring Karmacoda here: