MP3 New Monsoon - Downstream
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13 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Jam-band, WORLD: World Fusion
Like the effects of a powerful Pacific weather system rippling inland from the coast, San Francisco's New Monsoon is taking the country by storm. The septet is well known for its blend of vibrant world percussion performed with an eclectic array of acoustic and electric instruments. By melding a world of rhythm, jazzy melodies and romping fingerstyles with inventive musical explorations, intelligent songcraft and powerful delivery, New Monsoon's explorations of sound and rhythm continue to prove it is one of the more well rounded bands in the jam-based music scene. Inspired by Latin, Indian, African, funk and bluegrass styles, New Monsoon spans the globe in their musical influence and always charges the atmosphere with energy and vibe.
New Monsoon's music is improvisational in nature but is otherwise difficult to describe. One of the more unique aspects of the band is its instrumentation and the union of many musical styles into an innovative and cohesive hybrid. By utilizing congas, timbales, tabla, banjo, bongos, Dobro, ghatham, Didgeridoo, as well as electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drum kit and keys, the band offers a remarkable array of textures, rhythms, ideas and moods. Its music is also filled with outstanding expressiveness and originality. Rather than simply imitating sounds indigenous to world cultures, the band absorbs the elements of these types of music and incorporates them into a variety of colorful and original rhythmic compositions.
While the band has drawn appreciative comparisons to The Allman Brothers Band, Santana, Dave Matthews Band and The String Cheese Incident over the years, it ultimately has a sound uniquely its own. According to https://www.tradebit.com, "with the [band's] foundation strongly tied to their California address, their creations are also fed by proximity to the Latin world while incorporating Afro-Cuban and Indian percussion. As their sound builds momentum, spreading skyward, gathering worldly ingredients, there's a new way found to rain down joyous diversity."
New Monsoon's latest CD release, "Downstream," contains 13 well crafted songs, excellent musicianship with strong vocals, intelligent lyrics and is a fan-pleasing follow-up to their eponymous, self-produced debut "Hydrophonic." The new studio disc, released in March 2003 and distributed by the Home Grown Music Network, carries listeners through an experience of innovative world sounds and musical conversations for over 71 minutes. Lyrical melodies resonant with emotion, masterful rhythm work and accessible, engaging musicianship are liberally spread throughout the CD. The multi-faceted elements of New Monsoon are expertly molded into an exhilarating and moving musical adventure. The band's first CD, released in June 2001, quickly sold out it's first pressing and received radio play nationwide on independent and college stations. An even greater impact is expected from the evolved sound found on "Downstream," which not only highlights the band's unfolding songcraft, but continued outstanding musicianship as well.
New Monsoon was originally conceived in 1997 when former Penn State friends Bo Carper and Jeff Miller became re-acquainted in California. With Carper's rootsy acoustic fingerstyle as a foil for Miller's jazz inspired melodies, the pair sowed the seeds of the New Monsoon sound. With the addition of singer and multi-instrumentalist Heath Carlisle in early 1998, the band began performing small club dates as a trio. Then, while searching for a bass player, Canadian drummer Marty Ylitalo was found by accident and ultimately joined the band. Carlisle then took over on bass and a quartet was born. After increased exposure in the vibrant Bay Area music scene, a friend and tabla virtuoso Rajiv Parikh began to sit in. It was soon apparent he would play an important role in the band's developing sonic signature and is now a full-time member. Floridian Conguero Brian Carey arrived in San Francisco in late 2000 to continue his music career and began searching for a "Latin band with horns." The prospect of joining a band that would include three drummers, however, was so enticing that Carey immediately became a New Monsoon member. Finally, during the recording of the band's first album in early 2001, the band tapped long-time friend Phil "The Pianimal" Ferlino for keyboard tracks. Encouraged by the project, Ferlino quickly moved to San Francisco and immediately joined the band on-stage at the 2001 High Sierra Music Festival.
The best way to experience New Monsoon's sound, however, is to hear it live. No two shows are the same and fan recordings of New Monsoon performances have become a favorite among tapers and traders in musical communities throughout the country. At any given performance, you are likely to hear a multitude of genres, since the band does everything from country and bluegrass to Latin and reggae to jazz and rock 'n' roll. There is also a heavy Afro-Cuban and Indian vibe along with a progressive use of melody, rhythm and improvisation woven into the mix to get people up and dancing and further add to the band's thick, eclectic sound. New Monsoon's live energy is unparalleled, and its sound remains highly original and relentlessly upbeat, all the while maintaining an irresistible groove. A live New Monsoon show is all about pushing the positive and connecting with its audience and music, something that keeps live music fans coming back for more and more.
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