TEKE::TEKE Debut “Doppelganger”
Montreal-based Japanese psych-rock band TEKE::TEKE have released “Doppelganger,” the latest single from their upcoming forthcoming album, Hagata, available June 9 via Kill Rock Stars.”Being of mixed Japanese and French-Canadian culture, I always feel like in some way I’m living two parallel lives…a big part of me is here in Canada, obviously, but another part of me is on the other side of the planet…this could be said about most of us in this band” says guitarist and primary composer Sei Nakauchi Pelletier. These themes of distance and connection are musically mirrored by a gorgeous instrumental. Though foregrounding the inspiration of melancholy 70s Japanese pop ballads, the band heightens the sentimentality with intruding sixteenth note guitar and bass instrumental passages.
The song is accompanied by a music video created by Pelletier alongside vocalist Maya Kuroki. On a recent trip to Japan. Maya and Sei took their camera all over Kyoto, Kamakura, and Chiba – places where they have family ties, and created the clip from those images alongside childhood footage of the band members. The result evokes a love and care which overcomes distance, time, and change; as Maya puts it in the song, “We’re all doppelgangers that don’t look like each other.”
As for the album, “‘Hagata’ is a very deep word, something present but also something leftover from someone or something no longer there,” Kuroki explains. “It’s like waking up from a dream, or being connected to the other side of something.” TEKE::TEKE are intimately familiar with that duality, of splitting reality between past and present, complex melodies and hushed interludes, intense action and lingering response. After building their sound on Shirushi through careful assembly of countless splinters of Japanese folk, psychedelia, Brazilian surf rock, and other far-flung touchstones, the seven-piece indulged in and learned from stretching out in free-floating experimentation both on the road and with Hagata’s producer Daniel Schlett (The War On Drugs, DIIV, CHAI, Nick Hakim), recorded in a scenic studio in Mountain Dale, New York, the album having been mastered at Sterling Sound.
Kill Rock Stars
2. Gotoku Lemon
4. Onaji Heya
5. Me No Heya
7. Setagaya Koya
9. Yurei Zanmai
10. Jinzou Maria
TEKE::TEKE 2023 Live Dates:
June 24 Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Jazz Festival
July 7 Montreal, QC @ Montreal International Jazz Festival
July 9 Sudbury, ON @ Northern Lights Festival Boréal
July 14 Quebec City, QC @ Festival Été Quebec
Aug 11 Regina, SK @ Regina Folk Festival
Aug 19 Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest
Sept 2 Manchester, UK @ Manchester Psych Fest
Sept 3 Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Fest
Sei Nakauchi Pelletier — Guitar, synth, percussion and additional vocals
Hidetaka Yoneyama — Guitar and back vocals
Mishka Stein — Bass, synth, percussion, guitar and back vocals
Ian Lettre — Drums, percussion, synth, piano and back vocals
Etienne Lebel — Trombone, gaida, percussion and back vocals
Yuki Isami – Flute, shinobue, taisho koto, synth and back vocals
Maya Kuroki — Vocals and guitar
Pre-order Hagata by TEKE::TEKE HERE
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