For her third solo album for Tzadik Records’ Oracles series, releases that “celebrate the diversity and creativity of women in experimental music making”, Yuka Honda delivers another fascinating, mostly instrumental set, this time using her programming and production skills to create what the label describes as “a hypnotic groove for young moderns”.
Featuring two co-writes with Sean Lennon, with whom she currently performs in Yoko Ono’s regenerated Plastic Ono Band, and three with horns arranger Michael Leonhart (who also guests on percussion, keyboards and vibraphone), Heart Chamber Phantoms looks sets to be her most ambitious solo outing to date. Regular collaborators Dougie Brown (drums) and Courtney Kaiser (vocals) are among the other guests.
01 Phantom With An Armor
03 Last Night, Late, By The Lake
04 Heart Chamber, Part I: Rock
05 Heart Chamber, Part II: Zoe
06 Waters On Mars
07 Little Hope
08 Robot Elephant’s Tears
09 Cycle Of Water
10 Don’t Be So Naïve
Featuring: Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon, Dougie Bowne, Michael Leonhart, Douglas Wieselman, Shimmy Hirotaka Shimizu, Erik Friedlander, Pete Drungle, Jeff Hill, Courtney Kaiser, Scott Seader.
The versatile composer/performer who has worked with Cibo Matto, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Mike Watt and many others, creates a third CD for the Tzadik Oracles series highlighting her fascinating new instrumental approach. Mixing funky beats, hip samples and instruments both acoustic and electric, Yuka’s dramatic sense of sound and color creates a hypnotic groove for young moderns. Endlessly listenable, her first CD in over five years is also her very best!