Exposé Online banner

RandomK(e) — Waiting
(Tag Team Records TT006, 2009, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2010-07-01

Waiting Cover artIt's probably most accurate to call RandomK(e) a Beijing-based band than a Chinese one, as all the members are foreigners living there. Since their start in 2004, the foursome has been one of the acts to catch on the live scene, and I was eager to hear their debut album. It did not disappoint. In some ways, the band is a bit schizophrenic live, with quite a variety of styles going into their mix, including space rock, electronic experimentation, killer rock riffs, moody Radiohead-like songs, and more. The lineup features a trio of guitar, bass and drums augmented by a second bassist who plays an upright along with a table full of effects devices and a laptop; live they add a visual artist who projects images onto the stage. The members have backgrounds and side projects that include bluegrass, blues, funk and more, though not much of those find their way into this music – it's diverse enough without any banjos in the mix! This is imaginative and unconventional rock, far from formulaic, unpredictable and kicking butt. I’m reminded of the spirit of Bowie's Berlin albums, albeit filtered through a more modern lens and with less of an eye to catchy hooks. At times the unfairly overlooked band Random Hold comes to mind, though it seems likely these musicians are unfamiliar with that. Fortunately for the band and music fans, this release is available in the US.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): RandomK(e)

More info
http://www.tagteamrecords.com

Latest news

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Höstsonaten - Winterthrough – I guess sometimes you just shouldn’t question the decisions of an artist. When Fabio Zuffanti decides to record a cycle of four symphonic progressive albums based on the seasons, you shouldn’t ask...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues