Topshelf Records
ADDS 6/11/19

Multiple is the sixth full length record by the prolific maximalists known as LITE. Over the past 16 years, the Japanese quartet has established itself as one of the most influential groups across a host of subgenres. Though usually referred to by touchstones such as "math-rock" or "post-rock," LITE has developed an uncanny ability to fuse their influences into their own unmistakable dialect that defies generic genre classification.

At times, Multiple’s compositions can place listeners at the junction of unlikely stylistic intersections. Conversating funk riffs will interweave with challenging rhythmic phrasing, blurring the lines between lead sections, obscuring where passages begin and end. LITE's distinct voice is emphasized in tracks such as "Double" and "4mg Warmth," where melodies meander incessantly, constantly taking the listener to new territory.

While many LITE songs unfold at breakneck pace, others entertain entirely different worlds altogether. In songs "Ring" and "Blizzard," the band tests the limits of their abilities with slowed-down, genre-bending forays into hip-hop and dub. On "Ring," LITE collaborated with rapper Maco Marets and singer Utena Kobayashi, where the latter's talents were also tapped for the song's ethereal steelpan section. As LITE has shown over nearly two decades, there exists no style that they cannot master or otherwise weave into their designs.

Recorded & Mixed by:
J.Robbins at The Magpie Cage Studio / "One Last Mile" and "Temple"
Takaaki Mino at Nasoundra Palace Studio & Studio Sound Dali / "Double," "Deep Layer," and "Zone"
Kaoru Miura at Iroha Studio / "Ring" and "Clockwork"
Kozo Kusumoto at Majestic Studio / "Blizzard," "Maze," and "4mg Warmth"
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio

RIYL: toe, Tera Melos, CHON, Yvette Young, TTNG, BATTLES
TRY: #8, 2, 5

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