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Japanese trio Siberia electrifies with hybrid of jazz, funk, and rock on new EP.
(Published: January 17, 2023)

The Japanese instrumental trio Siberia flex muscle and technical precision on their five-track EP, Telework. Recorded remotely during the pandemic (hence the title), Telework nevertheless has a surprisingly live sound. The band's chemistry is firmly on display here. Morever, so are their eclectic influences. Siberia jump back and forth from the fringes of jazz in a completely refreshing way.

Although experimental, this is actually an accessible work of jazz fusion. Overall, the music is regularly compelling. Siberia knows how to play off one another. They create sounds that generate sparks on headphones. In addition, they know how to shift tempo in thrilling ways. Thus, there's a sense of unpredictability that reels listeners in repeatedly.

The opening title track quickly latches onto an infectious rhythm. Indeed, it wastes no time. Yukihiro Kitajima's crunchy guitars display progressive influences that gives the song rock-solid power. Not to mention killer solos. Shinji Matsumoto's funky bass adds spice and toe-tapping hooks. Takahiro Tada's pounding drums heightens the song's tension. Furthermore, Siberia effortlessly slow and then quicken the pace.

"We Three" emphasizes Siberia's funk side even more. Kitajima's riffs sizzle throughout while Tada's drumming intensifies. The production makes you feel like you're in the same room with them. Ironic given the context. "We Three" explodes with youthful exuberance. On "Song for S," Siberia proves they can conjure moody atmospherics, too.

For an EP, this has the depth of a full-length release.

More Information: https://siberia3.bandcamp.com/album/telework

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