September 30, 2015
Format : LP
Label: SUNNY DAY RECORDS
Odd Harmony (Limited LP)
- A-1. Lady Queen
- A-2. Black Tea Eyes
- A-3. Ray Baby Ray
- A-4. When You Sing A Lullaby
- A-5. Robber's Rule
- A-6. At Da 'Coma
- B-1. A Breezy Ride
- B-2. Find Me In The Waterfall
- B-3. Wish You Really Knew Me
- B-4. Waving Arms
- B-5. Be My One Girl
- B-6. Blowing Away
recorded at Nasoundra Palace Studio and Shinkai Studio
recorded, mixed and mastered by Kohsuke Nakamura (aka KangarooPaw)
additional musician: Ayumu Nemoto (POWER/hununhum) - congas on B2
photography by Louie Yamamoto
cover designed by Kenji Sagahara
Tokyo's reigning kings and queen of roots-infused power pop Beat Caravan are set to release their second full-length album "Odd Harmony" this September on Spain's Sunny Day Records. Like their first album "On Parade," released in 2010 on Japan's Power Elephant label, "Odd Harmony" is a collection of tight, well-crafted tunes that go all over the map of rock and roll, from harmony-drenched pop gems to raunchy r'n'r rave-ups. And just like the first album, you'll want to spin it again as soon as the last song fades out.
It's rare when you find a band that takes the whole cosmic mish-mash of rock, pop and roots, and can condense it into twelve tunes. It's even rare to find a band today that "gets" rock and roll and can harness it to create something totally new and unique. Beat Caravan does both.
The album kicks off with the southern fried "Lady Queen" with its chicken scratch guitar, and then floats into the lush melody of "Black Tea Eyes." What follows are 10 more nuggets of pure pop perfection that run the gamut from the dirty swamp thump of "Robbers" to the tender ballad "Wish You Really Knew Me." It wraps up with an updated version of "Blowing Away," a live set favorite that appeared on a previous EP.
The tunes here are flavored with ample doses of Alex Chilton, NRBQ and the Incredible Casuals, along with hints of the band's other wide-ranging influences which include the Modernettes, Doug Sahm, the Kinks, Ray Charles, Todd Rundgren and the Beatles. It's all about song-craft with Beat Caravan and more than the great playing, it's the songs that stay with you after the record is over.