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Post Rock/Math rock • Japan


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Lite is a Japanese instrumental math rock band. The band was formed in 2003 by Nobuyuki Takeda (guitar), Kozo Kusumoto (guitar), Jun Izawa (bass) and Akinori Yamamoto (drums). After a series of demos, they released a self-titled mini album in 2005. After touring Japan for the first time they went to the studio to release their first full-length album, "Filmlets", in 2006. After gaining a wider audience with this release, the band went on a tour around UK and Ireland. The band won a reputation for being one of the most combustible live acts around. In November the band made a cover of Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place" and was released as part of a Radiohead tribute album.

Lite's music is highly recommended for fans of the complexity of math rock, and the melodic nature of post-rock.


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Discography:
Lite, studio album (2005)
Filmlets, studio album (2006)
A Tiny Twofer, EP (2007)
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LITE discography


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LITE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.13 | 8 ratings
Filmlets
2006
4.17 | 39 ratings
Phantasia
2008
3.27 | 6 ratings
For All The Innocence
2011
3.94 | 8 ratings
Installation
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Cubic
2016

LITE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

LITE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

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LITE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.67 | 3 ratings
Lite
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
A Tiny Twofer
2007
4.67 | 3 ratings
Turns Red
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Illuminate
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Past, Present, Future
2012

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 Installation by LITE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.94 | 8 ratings

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Installation
Lite Post Rock/Math rock

Review by R-A-N-M-A

4 stars In my mind, math/post rock is supposed to be one of, if not the, most inherently complex and creative genre. If there is to be any structure at all in a work, it is supposed to be highly unorthodox. Instead, it seems that certain conventions have taken over. Most bands tend to favour big stringy walls of sound, rapid acoustic guitar plucking sequences and two parts bitter for every one part sweet. Which is fine on it's own. I've been staggered by the beauty of tracks by completely unheard of bands p[laying the formula, but when everyone is doing it begins to lose meaning.

LITE doesn't do any of that.

What they play is very identifiably math rock, but they bring so much more to the table. On Installation they've matured beyond when I last heard them on Phatansia. They've dropped any semblance of the aforementioned conventions and in their place they add influences from hard rock, jazz, electronic, classical, funk and even a bit of a west cost surfer sound. They are weird and subtle where everyone else is grand and obvious and I love it.

I opted for 4 stars rather than five because if this album lacks anything it's a real hook. Something to endear you to the album in an emotionally powerful way. What contains instead, is a collection of creative, quirky and yes, (math-)rocking tracks. Installation is an exciting album from start to finish and LITE is a credit to their genre. This album's appeal goes way beyond the album artwork reminiscent of Princess Mononoke. I highly recommend it to anyone. It's what prog is all about.

The album is very helpfully available on Bandcamp. I only had to listen to two tracks before I moved from curious to whipping out my credit card. If I could recommend any two tracks to you, I'd say you should check out Subaru and Nomad.

 Phantasia by LITE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.17 | 39 ratings

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Phantasia
Lite Post Rock/Math rock

Review by R-A-N-M-A

4 stars Post-rock is easily one of the most active and diverse sub-genres going in prog rock today. I've only begun to crack underneath the surface. It's pretty telling how low the exposure is if albums with a scant 20-30 reviews can crack the top 20 here on PA though. That doesn't mean those selections are without merit however, and LITE's Phantasia pretty much proves that.

I have yet to hear a post-rock album that has completely knocked my socks off but there certainly are moments of brilliance throughout the genre. Phantasia probably has as many of those moments packed into one spot as I have yet found. It tends to stray from many of the habitual sound walls, waifish chord progressions and generally fatalist mood typical of the genre in favour of a meticulous and aggressive jazz-rock attack. Maybe that makes it more math rock?

I don't really know. All I know is that I like it and that more people that just the 20 who have bothered to laid down reviews up until now should scope it out. 4 out 5, well recommended.

 Phantasia by LITE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.17 | 39 ratings

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Phantasia
Lite Post Rock/Math rock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars What caught my attention about PHANTASIA, firsthand is the guitar counterpointing structures they build around basic (not simple) Rock n Roll riffs. "California Guitar Trio" like but eletcrified and around their own compositions. So, of course, they are not discovering "fire" but they play well with it.

Well tempered alike the "California Guitar Trio" , the sound is more directed to Rock as such. No big detours from that structure. Of course I am talking about the musical structure that gave birth to Prog and other Rock related music. So music wise the astonishing "kick" these guys posses is how far they take such a played-out structure without becoming an over the line "studio-production" project nor an imitation of an imitation. No! It is in fact quiet the opposite. These guys can create all these "magical" transfigurations "by hand" without the aid of any other thing but focus and unpretentious talent.

(Yes! If lucky they could be the band that turns out in your next wedding party and play this whole effort -effotlessly).

The well-attained results of course are close to prog/MATH-POST/ROCK, also the intention of scopes, as the varied visits to the protocols of "Progland" during the trip. BUT!! Everything sounds so fresh because they are so elegantly- unpretentious!! -

Each song works out perfectly, one before and after the other. So of course is an A to Z album, no "spare" parts are included. LITE sounds like a tight well versed-structure, each member in its own element in a "VOCAL-LESS BAND" ( I mean come on! All music played with instruments is "instrumental").

No big "stars" out-shining each other, no! Absolute team-work! The BIG thrill here is how well they hold the whole album into a "one long-hold" highly creative ride without losing intensity, touch nor creativity, in this well accomplished release

****4 PA stars.

PD-Also their 2013 "Installations" album is quiet a treat!!

 For All The Innocence by LITE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.27 | 6 ratings

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For All The Innocence
Lite Post Rock/Math rock

Review by seb2112

3 stars This new LITE album took me by suprise, had no idea they had anything in the works, so I had no expectations at all. Just pressed play and hoped for the best. After a useless, minute-long intro of random noises, the album was off to a good enough start. Tracks 2, 3 and 4 were typical Lite, upbeat math rock with that fun japanese feel they share with their countrymen Te. Track five is another waste of a minute long sample with a decent but easily forgettable guitar riff over it. At track it all changes, from there on, Lite ventures into much more math pop/electronics territories. Although it works well on track number 6, reminding me of the better momment's on Battle's latest release, the tracks after that are too soft, catchy and nothing close to being math for my taste (like the lesser momment's on that same Battles record!)

I ended up keeing 4 of the 11 tracks (or rather 4 of the 9 real tracks if we disregard the two minute long noodings they included on this album) so I'd say it's not even half good. But the songs I did like were on par with my favorite momments of earlie Lite records, so I'll give it a 2.5 rounded up to 3. If you enjoyed Battles new album in it's entirety, then expect to rate it a 4 star album as the poppier and ironicaly LITEr songs are well done, just not what I personnaly enjoy from my math rock bands

 Phantasia by LITE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.17 | 39 ratings

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Phantasia
Lite Post Rock/Math rock

Review by burritounit
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars One of the best albums of 2008.

Lite is a math rock band from Japan with a very optimistic sound, post rock influences and a much moved/dynamic nature. It's not every day where you get a math rock band with such an addictive and unique sound, high quality and to say the least with incredible "danceable" energy (easy way to describe their sound). Phantasia is an album with barely no flaws, all the songs have their own essence and peculiar-catchy rhythm like Ghost Dance, Black And White, Solitude and Phantasia to point out a few.

Though being a math rock band, some of the songs seem to be driven by a post rock atmosphere in songs like Shinkai, Interlude, Solitude and Fade. This combination creates a balance and thus making their sound more melodic unlike other math rock bands that tend to create angular melodies.

The introductory song: Ef is one that easily catches the attention of your ears entirely with some sort of heavy riffs and intense drum play (though most songs have this energy outburst of the drummer). Black And White is very good to, with a very post rock oriented intro repeated in the midst of the ending. On the other hand Shinkai has a very atmospheric feel with a crescendo feel in it, as well as Solitude which follows a similar formula. In my opinion one the most standout songs would have to be Ghost Dance. It has the most "danceable" feel in it, just as its name implies, easily followed by Phantasia, which is even more energetic and explosive and the drums are very extreme. The closing song: Sequel to The Letter and Infinite Mirror remind me much of Battles but with a more melodic touch in them and that particular essence that Lite offer.

In conclusion Phantasia is easily one of the best albums of 2008. It's addictive, energetic, melodic and very well composed with many memorable moments. If you liked Battles then you will have no problem loving this one.

Highly recommended!

Thanks to chamberry for the artist addition.

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