10th Letter's new LP, 'The Revenge', is a tale about an African samurai named Yasuke set in 16th century Japan, post civil war. After Yasuke’s master, Oda Nobutada’s empire is overthrown, Yasuke finds refuge in the forest where he begins his life as a rōnin. 'The Revenge’ follows Yasuke on a journey filled with danger and mythical creatures.
10th Letter conjures this tale with a psychedelic fusion of cello, vibraphone, vocals, guitar, keys, and electronics - enlisting the help of multi-instrumentalists, Saira Raza and Daniel Friedman. 'The Revenge' will be released on Psych Army Intergalactic on September 23rd.
released September 23, 2016
Produced, arranged, mixed, and mastered by 10th Letter. Cello & Vibraphone on all tracks by Saira Raza. Bass on tracks 1 and 2 by Jeremi Johnson. Bass on tracks 3 and 4 by Saira Raza. Guitar on tracks 1, 4, 9, and 10 by Daniel Friedman. Keys on tracks 1, 2, 7, 10, and 11 by Jeremi Johnson. Keys on track 5 by Daniel Friedman. Vocals on track 3 by Jeremi Johnson and Saira Raza. Vocals on tracks 7 and 10 by Jeremi Johnson. Organ on tracks 3, 5, and 11 by Jeremi Johnson. Flute on tracks 2, 3, 6, 9, and 11 by Jeremi Johnson. Vibes arranged by Jeremi Johnson and Saira Raza on tracks 8 and 9. All tracks written by Jeremi Ronald Johnson (BMI) and Saira Raza (BMI), except tracks 1, 4, 5, and 10, which were written by Jeremi Ronald Johnson (BMI), Saira Raza (BMI), and Daniel Ford Friedman (SESAC). Cover artwork by Saira Raza. Layout and design by Brannon Boyle.
3 piece band.
Heavy slow/mid-paced bouncing intricate rhythms, cascading guitar, gentle harmony vocals (here and there), with Psychedelic/World/Funk/Soul/Trip/Hip-Hop/Reggae influences, all with an Old School feel.
An ace debut LP, recorded as a band.
Feels like home. followthewaydan
Oh well, what can I say... I know, the term "masterpiece" should be used scarcely, but in the case of this album I can't help it - it's really the most appropriate description. "The Dandelion Set" is basically Glyn Bush and PK Chown, joined by Alan Moore on some tracks as lyricist and vocalist. The entire album is so damn freaked out that I won't dare to assign it to a predefined genre. I can only conclude that occasional parallels to "Soft Machine" and Frank Zappa are detectable, as well as some trip hop traces. Yeah, can't help it - a masterpiece, for sure! Sven B. Schreiber