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"I came across The Vodoun Effect by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo at my local record shop", recalls Yoshida, of the moment that sparked this new direction; "It had a profound effect on me, and I began to dig deeper into '70s African music. Everything sounded fresh to me, and I felt a need to make music reflecting these inspirations." The album title and the striking cover image, of an African tribesman in ceremonial attire, nod to the importance of these influences; "This record wouldn't exist without this music, or its feeling of celebration. One of my favourite things about African music is its cheerful and uplifting feeling. I think about how their lives must not have been easy, but it still sounds like they're celebrating their everyday life."
Yoshida has always infused his work with a sense of ceremony and occasion; with his Anchorsong project he made it his goal to bring to the world of live electronic music the feeling of excitement, warmth and human connection experienced in his previous incarnation as a guitarist in a rock band. An early adopter of the practice of creating electronic music completely live in front of the audience, using a sampler (MPC2500) and a keyboard (also sometimes incorporating a string quartet for a truly spellbinding experience), he gained a strong online following with more than 400,000 YouTube views for his performances.
Shipping & Returns
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the "Complete Orders" link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations.
When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.
Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. The weight of any such item can be found on its detail page. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.