Darla is proud to offer a beautiful new record from Japancakes - Athens, GA's incomparable instrumental Pop/Americana quintet. Giving Machines features eight new trademark blissed-out yet solid as ever compositions uniquely brought to life by Japancakes' singing pedal steel guitar, cello, keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums. There's even a cover of Cocteau Twins' "Heaven Or Las Vegas" with pedal steel taking the place of Liz Frazer's vocals.
Japancakes don't record together like other bands. They do play together but when they record in studio they do so one at a time. Each player writes their own part and adds it to the part(s) recorded previously by fellow band members. The result of this practice is that the personality of each individual player is often better captured. Each player's individual performance is strengthened by the technique.
Japancakes is Eric Berg, rhythm guitar, Nick Belli, bass, Brant Rackley, drums, John Neff, pedal steel, Heather McIntosh, cello, Andy Baker, production.
RIYL: Dreamy, lazy, stellar, Post Rock, Shoegaze, Electronica, Americana, Tortoise, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Hammock, Santo & Johnny.
"...a roots-inspired, beautifully crafted pop instrumental record that extracts feelings and emotions better than that of most "intimate" singer-songwriters." --IN MUSIC WE TRUST