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Capsule: Waverunner

Waverunner provides a definitive answer to the question "what would it sound like if a veteran Japanese pop producer made an EDM album?"

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Kufuki: Kufuki

The American boot-scoot plus Japanese folk song combination in "Theme of Kufuki" might be the strongest moment on the album.

Deanne Sole
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Artificial Lover: Nava

Oouchi Kazunori gives his shamisen a vortex presence, large and central, distorting the sound electronically, fraying it, cutting into it.

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Teruyuki Nobuchika: Sonorite

Play it again, Teruyuki. Now play it again.

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Various Artists: Japanese Traditional Music: Koto; Shamisen

Unfortunately, the whole album sounds as if it's coming to you through tape hiss.

Deanne Sole
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Chatmonchy: Kokuhaku

A collaboration between a confident dimity voice and the hammering instruments behind her.

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Yura Yura Teikoku: Hollow Me/Beautiful

On the surface, this is guitar pop.

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Aritomo: Kowai Komorebi

The songs on Kowai Komorebi are pastorals that thicken into horror movies.

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LSD March: Uretakumo Nakunarutorika

It has been put together to disorient the listener.

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Tenniscoats: Temporacha

They spend half their time wondering about the next note they're going to play and the other half feeling surprised because they've found it.

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Various Artists: The Definitive Japanese Scene Vol.1

A well-ordered, well-selected assortment.

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Shuta Hasunuma: OK Bamboo

OK Bamboo is a good album to have on while you're doing something else. You can dip in and out of it.

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Oreskaband: Oreskaband

As if half of Morning Musume had decided to pick up trombones and start covering Toots and the Maytals.


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