There are no women in Azeda Booth. If you’re reading this before you’ve played their debut album In Flesh Tones, you’re probably puzzled. Press play and come back. The band shares the same sublime androgynously-voiced space as Antony and the Johnstons, jazz great Little Jimmy Scott and Philly-soul angels the Stylistics. Musically, there are only sightlines, no touchstones. They twist and flutter, too skittish for space rock, too hot for IDM, too concise and charming for glitch-core. The Calgary, Alberta band conjure up the sound of human travel. The arrivals and departures are hazy and blurred, the tone both tense and delicate, the fuel potent and clean, the direction most definitely UP. In Flesh Tones, Azeda Booth’s debut full length is a benchmark album, a thing of dazzling beauty and fragile inspiration. It’s not so much a bomb in the mineshaft as it is an incandescent dove illuminating the way out.
Formed in the summer months of 2004, the group was originally comprised of only two members (Morgan Greenwood & Jordon Hossack). The band remained a duo until the fall of 2006, when four other like minded musical outcasts of the Calgary scene (Myke Atkinson, Chris Reimer, Marc Rimmer & Mike Wallace) joined to release Azeda Booth’s debut full length, In Flesh Tones. Recorded with the same “musical chairs-esque” enthusiasm as featured in their live shows, In Flesh Tones is inspired and simple in its celebration of sound and movement. In late 2008 Azeda Booth slimmed down to their current incarnation of Morgan Greenwood, Jordon Hossack and Marc Rimmer and released the free downloadable EP Tubtrek. Tubtrek is Azeda Booth’s first new recorded material as a solid three piece and is also the band’s first recording with more than only Jordan Hossack singing. Tubtrek includes four new tracks and four remixes from their debut album In Flesh Tones .
Always changing and growing, Azeda Booth’s live show is as much about exploring the facets of the energy shared by audience and artist as it is about creating a memorable musical experience. In Flesh Tones came out on July 22, 2008 on Absolutely Kosher Records.