House of Waters are one of New Yorks most interesting and unique bands. Part funky jamband, part Afrobeat and part pan-Asian, there is no other group in the world who sound remotely like them. In a casually expert way, frontman Max ZT is the Hendrix of the hammered dulcimer, an instrument on which he is a former American national champion. Yet while American folk music informs his songwriting, his rippling, hypnotic, warmly psychedelic instrumentals draw on styles from around the globe. As one would assume from a disciple of Shivkumar Sharma, Indias greatest master of the santoor an ancestor of the hammered dulcimer hes taking his instrument to places its never gone before. The lush, dreamy quality of many of these songs disguises the fact that there are only three instruments in the band: the dulcimer, Moto Fukushimas eight-string bass and Luke Notarys cajon. If global sounds with a psychedelic edge are your thing, youll love this band.