No-No Boy - Empire Electric

Details

Format: CD
Label: SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS
Rel. Date: 09/29/2023
UPC: 093074025529

Empire Electric
Artist: No-No Boy
Format: CD

DISC: 1

1. The Onion Kings of Ontario!
2. Nashville
3. Mekong Baby
4. Western Empress of the Orient Sawmill
5. Jakarta
6. Nothing Left But You
7. Little Monk
8. Sayonara
9. Minidoka
10. 1603

More Info:

There are seemingly infinite layers of meaning to be found in No-No Boy's third album, Empire Electric. You can listen closely to singer-songwriter Julian Saporiti's lyrics, which juxtapose true stories of struggle from throughout Asia and it's diaspora with Saporiti's own reckoning with intergenerational trauma. You could also let the majesty of Saporiti's songcraft wash over you, his captivating melodies cloaking those themes in a veneer of hope and ecstasy. But the deepest storytelling happens at the sonic level, as sounds drawn from across the Eastern hemisphere mingle freely with distinctly American instrumentation - banjo and koto, lap-steel and guzheng - while electronically manipulated field recordings of rushing water, chirping birds and other natural sounds ground us in the now. Adventurous and affecting, Empire Electric offers a vision for a new kind of folk music, one that tells unorthodox stories through unorthodox means and finds new pathways through our tangled roots.