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Kamakura

Hastings, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

Hastings, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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“Dealing With Liquids” is an independent release from UK band, Kamakura.

Kamakura, a city in Japan, has roots stretching back some 1,200 years to the beginnings of “Kamakura Period” in Japanese history. Although the history of Kamakura, the band, does not go that far back, it does have roots stretching from the Punk movement in the late 70s, through the New Romantics of the 80s, and Indie of the 90s.

Formed by Nick Calvert and Mick Dorey in 2004, Kamakura now includes Mark Wright on guitar, Nick Ward on drums and Martin Haslam on bass.

Kamakura’s recently released CD “Dealing With Liquids”, which they self-describe as Pink Floyd meets The Smiths, will take you on a journey of emotions and moods… from the exquisite angst of the opening track “Courage, through the evocatively haunting “Gin or Ginseng” and New Romantic reminiscent title track “Dealing with Liquids”.

Although the bands influences are evident and one could liken each song to a favourite past artist, the truth is that Kamakura’s music is very much their own. Imaginative, innovative and unique.

As many artists have discovered to their chagrin, producing a quality independent album is not an easy task, but with this release Kamakura has shown that a highly polished, professional showcase of independent talent is more than possible.

With strong vocals, captivating melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, and wonderful musicianship, a journey to Kamakura is certainly one worth taking.

Do yourself a favour and grab a copy!

Geoff Brown
Programme Director Bay FM 99.3
- Bay FM 99.3


How many ways are there to be in love with someone you can't have? I don't know either, but it's a recurrent Kamakura theme, and the album kicks off with one variation.

Shuffling downtempo hiphop backbeat, crisp strummed acoustic guitar, big electric guitar chords on the chorus, and a drawbar organ thickening the harmonies...from the description it sounds like updated prog rock, down to the leftfield spoken samples and spacy synth effects at the end.

The reason it sounds like that, is that's broadly what it is. There's even an extended pregnant chord on a fair imitation of an ARP Solina, straight out of that song about Crazy Shining Diamonds.

There's four decades of influences on this disc, melded together surprisingly harmoniously, into something that sounds a bit like a lot of other bands, but not very like any of them.

Putting this track first was the right choice. It's the earworm. - Kapitano


''The new Album from Kamakura 'Dealing with Liquids' is a musical treat, with it's superb ''Floyd'' references and thought provoking lyrics.'' www.howardjones.com - Howard Jones


Discography

The Tapegerm 10 (10 tracks) - released may 2005.
One Voice (11 tracks) - released May 2006.
Dealing With Liquids (12 tracks) - released 1st June 2010.

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On and off for the last few years, Nick Calvert and Mick Dorey have been revolving around and around each other's music like an out of control, despotic fun-fair ride.

In early 2010 the twelve tracks of 'Dealing With Liquids' were finished, then mastered by Andy Jackson - Pink Floyd's mastering engineer. 'Dealing with Liquids' was released on June 1st 2010.

Influences: Queen, Pink Floyd, Carol King, The Hoosiers, Keane, David Bowie, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Jack Johnson, Elliot Smith, Alanis Morrisette, Rolling Stones, Ian Dury, Grateful Dead, Nick Cave, The Divine Comedy, The Eagles, Elbow.