Halo Orbit - Halo Orbit (CD)
The musicians comprising Halo Orbit represent three different corners of the map, literally and figuratively. The group consists of Grammy Award-winning bassist Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta, Deltron 3030), guitarist/synth player suGar Yoshinaga (Buffalo Daughter, Metalchicks), and drummer Mark Guiliana (David Bowie, John Scofield, Brad Mehldau). Each member brings a distinctive style and musical pedigree to the proverbial table that gels in every instance on their debut. Their debut album features contributions from guests such as Del the Funky Homosapien, Lisa Papineau, Money Mark Ramos-Nishita, Adrian Terrazas Gonzalez and Marcel Rodriguez Lopez.
With Alderete based in Los Angeles, Guiliana in New York, and Yoshinaga in Tokyo, the group effectively exists in three places at once, a mindset that, not surprisingly, finds its way into their vigorous, evocative music. Drawing comparisons to peers as disparate as Battles and Portishead, Halo Orbit mold their own breed of futuristic rock, a volatile landscape of overdriven dub punctuated by textural nuances and delicate arrangements. They capture an air of unpredictability that is charged through a fluid state of connection. Alderete and Yoshinaga first met in the late nineties when Buffalo Daughter toured the U.S. supporting Girls Against Boys. Well over a decade of mutual admiration later, a musical collaboration between the two finally began taking shape. During the winter of 2012, they convened in Los Angeles with drummer Guiliana, writing nearly an album’s worth of tracks that they immediately recorded with engineer Robert Carranza (Beck, One Day As A Lion, Blackalicious, Jack Johnson).