New Releases From Loka
Loka release their third album ‘Northern Oscillations’ in October 2017, featuring the critically accaimed single ‘Herculaneum Rock’. The album takes its influences from a range of diverse topics encompassing the positivity of family, friends, hope and love juxtaposed with the negativity of right wing politics, Brexit, bigotry, war and relationship breakdowns.
The band’s first EP, 2003’s ‘Beginningless’ was followed by their debut album ‘Fire Shepherds’ in 2006, both were released through Ninja Tune. Their second album ‘Passing Place’ also on Ninja Tune, was released in 2011, complimented by the renowned Beaumaris Seindorf Band. A radio session for Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 1 show followed, along with a tour of Canada where the band played at the prestigious Guelph Jazz Festival, before performing a string of dates across Europe.
Northern Oscillations features Anthony Braithwaite and Jim Noir on vocal duties, and is released alongside new single ‘Everything Exploded’.
‘Northern Oscialltions’ Lead Tracks:
A song about Liverpool in the 1980s (the dead docks, the failed regenerations, the garden festival) and about hopes against hope, that might still resonate (there and elsewhere) today.
A song about making music – pointless and essential – in the internet age; about taking yourself too seriously, while simultaneously lacking the confidence to take yourself seriously.
A song about manufacturing consent, and settling for second best. About ambivalence, in politics and sex and logic puzzles: Yes is not No, and Yes is not “Not No”. Yes means Yes….
A song of quantitative unease, political manoeuvres, the mistrust that is us: of course we know deep down that we *will* get fooled again (and again).
A song about the life that goes on, after the war to end all wars.
A song about parenthood and the sixth of June: about near loss, waiting and hoping; about trains and wars and old films and confidence tricks and happiness in (ultra)sound.
A song about falling in love with atomic particles. Or a single about Singularity, death and gravity.
Mark Kyriacou – Keyboards/Compositions
Tom Sumnall – Bass
Ian ‘Budgie’ Jones – Drums and percussion
Stuart Macdonald – Guitars
Vocal contributions from Anthony Braithwaite and Alan Roberts aka Jim Noir