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Biography

  • Founded In

    London, England, United Kingdom

There are at least two bands named Ithaca:

1. Around the late 60's/early 70's, this English - trio released four similar albums under four different band names: Alice Through The Looking Glass, Tomorrow Come Some Day, Agincourt and finally Ithaca. Ithaca's music is a combination of pastoral folk rock, psychedelia and progressive rock with gentle male/female vocal interplay. Their style is dreamy, very laid back and flows in a breezy, unassuming fashion. Lee Menelaus in particular, the female vocalist, projects a sweet (very sweet) serene tone yet not at all sappy.

The self-produced "A Game for All Who Know", released in 1973, bears the lighter shades of both West Coast and British , with the occasional Mellotron showing a marked early 70's Moody Blues influence. The album is made up of six longish tracks of beautiful interwoven songs with quasi-mystical lyrics; these may be a little lightweight in their naïveté but the tunes are melodious and tastefully produced, featuring mainly mandolin, flutes, recorders, classical guitar and autoharp plus some nice tape experiments of added sounds.

Recommended if you're into the light, folksy psychedelia of Trees and Mellow Candle, or if you fancy Pink Floyd's "If" and "Grantchester Meadows".

2. An English progressive hardcore band: Formed in 2012 out of a mutual love of melodic hardcore but despair at it's lack of ambition, Ithaca draw influence from everything from Southern doom to 90s's math rock as well as the passionate untethered savagery of early Poison The Well and melodious chaos of Oathbreaker. The result is crushing grooves, shrieking guitar squalls that give way to haunting melodic passages and desolate reprieves. Following on from 2014's self-released EP 'Narrow The Way', Trespassers, released on the 17th July 2015 contains four tracks of elegant yet abrasive hardcore that delves into the depths of disappointment, displacement and the inevitable disintegration of human relationships. Trespassers is available now on 7" frosted clear vinyl with hand-screenprinted artwork including free high quality digital download and unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app

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