Up Dharma Down
Latest release: “Bipolar” (Terno Recordings)
Who: Already stars in their native Philippines, this Manila-based quartet has been pegged by everyone from BBC Radio to Time magazine as the Filipino band likeliest to cross over to American and European audiences with their soulful, atmospheric sound.
What they’re saying: “My favorite group. Beautiful, victorious, elegant, muscular music.” – Paul Buchanan of the Blue Nile
What we’re saying: Up Dharma Down’s sound is at once familiar and hard to pin down—there are hints of the Police’s jazzy reggae-rock, Zero 7’s chilled-out electro-soul, and the restless rhythms of post-rock. They even throw in something resembling Four Tet’s ambient electronica on “The Cold Is Warmth,” an instrumental track that proves that, for all her sultry charms, lead singer Armi Millare isn’t the only star of this show. Check standout tracks like “Two” and “Every First Second” for a taste of how the whole band can steer a groove into all sorts of startling, genre-defying directions. – Andy Hermann
Listen: “Up Dharma Down - Every First Second”
Official website: http://www.facebook.com/updharmadown