Ahead of the release of their new album ‘Kara Oh Kee’, Austrian band Le_Mol premiere a brand new track off the album exclusively on Arctic Drones.
With their upcoming album “Kara Oh Kee”, Austrian duo Le_Mol shamelessly wallow in the cultural heritage of Japan; a practice that dates back to the art nouveau movement of the late 19th century. However, it is hard to hold that indulgence in japonism against them, as they neither seek their inspiration in geisha and ukiyo-e woodblock-prints nor in anime movies and sushi. At the heart of their album lies a more sophisticated mix of candy, kitsch and Japanese folk music that makes them stand out against the multitudes.
The band’s second single presented here casually namechecks Daisuke Inoue as if he is some famous Japanese singer, while he is, in fact, the inventor of the karaoke machine. Surprise. Even though they wanted us to believe differently with their Gagnam Style and their crazy TV ads, karaoke was NOT invented by Koreans. Neither did Daisuke Inoue have a singing career for that matter, but that does not diminish Le_Mol to a set of liars. “The Mountain Daisuke Inoue Never Sang About” as a song features an elegant build up centred around a general theme which is mainly carried by the piano. Before culminating into a joyful overture of guitars and synthesiser horns, the song dives into an elegant piano intermezzo from which the band build up tension with some excellent drumming.
Stream “The Mountain Daisuke Inoue Never Sang About” below. “Kara Oh Kee” will be independently released on the 25th of March as a digital download and CD, while the 10th of April will see the release of the album on vinyl. All three formats can be pre-ordered via the band’s Bandcamp page.