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Ano has left You'll Melt More with immediate effect. She was their most popular member by miles, can't see them lasting much longer without her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-tXl0gajdc

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 30 September 2019 10:27 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

Air ni ni by Hakushi Hasegawa is a pretty wild album - hyperactive synth-heavy jazz-pop/breakcore fusion

here's a spotify link since the only track from it on youtube is the first which is a little unrepresentative of just how wild it gets
https://open.spotify.com/album/1ikOY8ht1sAQAGuK5dTl4k

ufo, Saturday, 23 November 2019 11:46 (eight months ago) link

the polyrhythmic breakdown in "evil things" is astounding

ufo, Saturday, 23 November 2019 11:58 (eight months ago) link

Oh this sounds interesting! Thanks for the recommendation, ufo.

fragglerock, Monday, 25 November 2019 03:15 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

All prior discussion of 3776's Saijiki is underselling it - this is the album of the fucking year

I love little thought experiments and justapositions of western canon with classically Japanese themes, such as:
https://youtu.be/lxdYQvLeBKk?t=2854

I wonder to myself how much this album is *aware* of it's presence in the west, and why it feels an obligation to create something so distinctly Japanese with aid of western classical canon. A YouTube comment puts it perfectly:

" The production is such a mesh of genres that it sounds like a logical conclusion to music "

I'd argue that it is the logical conclusion to western influence on Japanese ideology and self perception - that the next step will be become something beyond.

57mg/20floz, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 02:25 (eight months ago) link

i still haven't really been able to wrap my head around it really, it's so dense with ideas

ufo, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 02:41 (eight months ago) link

I wonder to myself how much this album is *aware* of it's presence in the west, and why it feels an obligation to create something so distinctly Japanese with aid of western classical canon.

well, there's a lot of japanese music that quotes & incorporates canonical classical music, just as there is a lot of music that does the same everywhere. I very much doubt the artists were aware of the presence of this music in the west where, even now, it is still in the margins. as is still the case in japan. prior to the new one, 3776 was basically invisible if you weren't already following this stuff.

I'm guessing akira simply thinks these things sound cool. if you've heard the earlier versions of the tracks on the unmixed eps, they are certainly less dense even if they are essentially the same songs. the extra stuff got layered in to help create the transitions from track-to-track, giving it its dense, disorienting character. which I love.

it's also my album of the year.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 23:29 (eight months ago) link

" The production is such a mesh of genres that it sounds like a logical conclusion to music "

― 57mg/20floz

wow what a backhanded compliment, i don't want music to be "logical" or to conclude!

fortunately i don't really get either of those things from the record

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 23:57 (eight months ago) link

yeah, it is more like... a collage of things that sound cool together! not to downplay the work involved because it is significant but the album is kinda messy too. this is one of the things I like about it! imo it's like a fun dj mix, I don't really hear it as a grand lab experiment fusing east and west at all.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:15 (eight months ago) link

wow what a backhanded compliment, i don't want music to be "logical" or to conclude!

I'm fine with music concluding, gives me a chance to catch up!

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 12 December 2019 11:07 (eight months ago) link

oh man this is wonderful. thanks for the heads up.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Thursday, 12 December 2019 12:48 (eight months ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-CML7Afw_o

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 11 January 2020 10:48 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

recently got around to last year's final Koutei Camera Girl Drei releases (Dawn By Flow and the Be There EP) and they're very very good, wish i'd heard them in time for eoy stuff. Dawn By Flow adds in a dancehall influence to their pop-techno on a few tracks. it's not on youtube but i really recommend checking out "it's no go" which is a weird-but-great dancehall/drum & bass fusion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-pxZa-M7-k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXSCR7vpF28
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqzIuiLBBc4

ufo, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 19:42 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

nice creepycute MV for a song from the recent Maison Book Girl album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtrx_eov524

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 15 February 2020 21:39 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Lol wow that's amazing!

The new You'll Melt More! album is out and sounding excellent so far.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIR31yk4cdc

tangenttangent, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 09:37 (five months ago) link

this record rules

nxd, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 10:05 (five months ago) link

The first half is their lovely brand of pop-punk and then the last few tracks are free reign for whatever weirdness you want to put at the end of a 70-minute album.

tangenttangent, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 10:46 (five months ago) link

Title track, WOW WOW WAR and Go Out are all brilliant. I guess focus isn't really their watchword and I can respect that

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 13:31 (five months ago) link

yehhh really loved freestyle zenbu too

nxd, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 14:21 (five months ago) link

on constant repeat :D

nxd, Thursday, 5 March 2020 13:04 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eevf7k8Chps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBUTHdZa-Q

really enjoying these

ufo, Friday, 6 March 2020 09:03 (five months ago) link

dempagumi.inc's "moshi moshi internet" (the second video there) is so intriguing, it feels quite retro but in a way i can't really place and it's kinda proggy too

ufo, Friday, 6 March 2020 09:12 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrggLg_hGE0

some kind of new peak for mashup pop?

ufo, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:34 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyhcardbgiA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku5-YnZwe7o

i like these singles from kalen anzai a lot

ufo, Sunday, 15 March 2020 14:28 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Nice of Dempagumi to drop their album internationally on my birthday. Moshi Moshi Internet and Nemadempa (which has been reworked) are the most radical things on it, and I’m slightly disappointed there isn’t more in that vein. Still an amazing collection though.

Jeff W, Friday, 24 April 2020 00:59 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

finally got around to the dempagumi.inc album and i agree about those being highlights. still adore "inochi no yorokobi" too

ufo, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:33 (two months ago) link

An EP appeared on Spotify last Friday too. Not sure what that’s about. Haven’t had a chance to listen yet.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 12:07 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

4s4ki’s stuff has been doing it for me lately, and this track in particular, which sounds a bit like if OPN went jpop

https://youtu.be/mQGEv3SgLQE

her full length is solid too. it’s all in spotify.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 15:58 (one month ago) link


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