This week, San Francisco-based downtempo band Karmacoda released their album Love and Fate, which follows successful 2011 album Eternal and marks the band’s fifth studio release, and using elements of electronica, pop and rock with a danceable groove.
In addition to band members B., Eric Matsuno (bass, guitar, synth), and Isaac Ho (piano, keyboards) Love and Fate features appearances by the amazing vocalists Beth Hirsch, Artemis, Shannon Hurley, Anji Bee and Tyler Stone each of which sing duets with B.
It’s been over a decade since the band was founded as a personal writing and recording project by founder and vocalist B. What started as an experimental music project has turned into five studio albums, three remix records and a live album. When writing Love and Fate it quickly became clear to the band that the songs were falling into two distinct categories: those focusing on love and those addressing deeper topics such as suffering and loss. “We had written over two dozen songs and the two directions of theme and mood became obvious to us” says B. “That was when the concept of two records, related and released separately, focusing on the themes of love and fate came to us.” Thus was born Volume 1 of Love and Fate.
“This is our most personal record to date” says B. (Brett Crockett) the bands vocalist. “It was as if we had no choice in the matter, it felt like we were channeling something, it was focusing us.”
Guest vocalist Beth Hirsch, who sings on three of the albums tracks, has this to say about working with the band: “When I listen to B’s voice, I see ice carved swans at a champagne brunch with lovers overlooking a pristine California beach & the Pacific Ocean. His voice is one of the richest and most transcending I have ever heard.”
Vocalist Anji Bee, singer/lyricist and podcaster/vidcaster from South California adds this: “B. has firmly asserted himself as the driving creative force behind the band’s classic trip hop inspired sound. His smooth, calming vocals grace all 10 tracks on Love and Fate.