Loka release their third album ‘Northern Oscillations‘ in September 2017, featuring the critically acclaimed 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‘.
Mark Kyriacou – Keyboards/Compositions
Anthony Braithwaite – vocals
Tom Sumnall – Bass
Ian ‘Budgie’ Jones – Drums and percussion
Stuart Macdonald – Guitars
Thurs 12th Oct – the Eagle Salford
Sat 28th Oct – Emotion Wave Liverpool
Tues 7th Nov – Neuadd Ogwen Bethesda, North Wales
Composed, Recorded and Produced by Loka in various kitchens, bedrooms and spaces in the north of England.
Mixed and Mastered by Keir Stewart (Durutti Column, I Am Kloot, Happy Mondays, Travelling Band, The Fall & Johnny Marr) at Inch Studios in Manchester.
PRAISE FOR LOKA:
“Loka exist outside of the narrow networks and genres of contemporary music…as a result their music is pure and unaffected…with permeating but subtle menace, typified by songs…which condense the Loka sound; repetitive synth riffs, swirling guitars, complex drums, and a skipping bass sound that shifts smoothly between reversed pulses and expressive melody.”
Get Into This
“‘Passing Place’is graphically cinematic and hauntingly beautiful, yet thoroughly groovy. You can see the movie this album was meant to score as you listen.”
“Immaculately constructed this is uneasy listening of the finest sort.”
Total Music Magazine
“For music as evocative as Loka‘s, words can do no justice.”
Street Date Radio
“‘Passing Place’ is a wonderfully ambitious piece of work, confirming Loka as a band whose imagination knows no bounds.”
DMC World Magazine
“You really do feel like you’re listening to something truly adventurous and crafted with a great deal of care.”
“…deeply satisfying nods to Basil Kirchen, Ennio Morricone and 4hero.”