Unique and unified, Kuroma has members who, while having majored in the same field, all minored in different specialties. James Richardson: fluent in funk and philharmonic; tonal kaleidoscope; effortless instrumentalist. Simon O'Connor: Sky-scraping guitars, London rhythms. Will Berman: machine rhythms, elocution. Hank Sullivant: songsmith, melody man. Piedmont Pop. Fatima by Disney.
Born of the tectonics of 2012, thee current incarnation of Kuroma is set to release the band's new LP, Kuromarama in early 2015. Recorded between the band's hometowns of Brooklyn, NY and Athens, GA, the sound of Kuromarama most closely resembles that of an artisanal prescription spectrum of liquified jollyrancher, each flavor – each color – imbued with a solace wrung from the depths of a salty ocean trench. You swim in this record. It has a fun surface. The sequence culminates.
“Kuroma has been a band very close to my heart from the beginning. Hank's lyrics touch me in a deeply spiritual way, but that's not to say it was always a warm and fuzzy feeling. Their music has the ability to alienate as well as endear, but it never leaves one unaffected. I'm lucky to have been able to capture some of this music over the years and hope to continue to be a part of their journey.” - Billy Bennett, record/mix engineer
“From the hopeful candy-rush chug of “20+Centuries,” to the proggy charms of “Thee Only Childe,” the new Kuroma album is packing decades worth of power-pop (like Ric Ocasek and Jeff Lynne blending smoothies together in the springtime; into one brand-spanking new album, and it sounds great. I especially love the very end.” - Jay Watson, Tame Impala
“I've been a huge fan of Hank Sullivant for a long time. Kuromarama is the name of the excellent new album by his band Kuroma. It's their best album yet. A southern soulful slab of psychedelica that sounds like the redneck bastard son Todd Rundgren wishes he had.” - Patterson Hood, Drive-by Truckers
Kuroma Kuromarama Track Listing:
2. Running People
3. Love Is On The Way
4. Big Bad Money
5. Passionate people
6. Simon s In The Jungle
7. Evan Mann
8. Case Logic
10. Thee Only Childe