small super name.
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issue super name #2
small name says:
here we are, at #2. no one wished to join in the
fun this issue. so there only 3 reviews. also, we're
changing the 2 week format. instead of being every
"2 weeks" [14 days]. it's now just every other monday.
this just seems easier to remeber. if you disagree
with anything here, let us know. if i can do this.
so can you.
"Little Prince "
Eel's latest effort. just has bad timing.
it was released and the butt end of december 2004.
to late to really be considered for 2004, but not
2005.. Eel to me, is a completely unique character
in japan. she has been releasing albums for some
time. under her own label "file under unique".
she's the only act on her label. making them, technically
vanity release's. but, she has been able to sell
records. and make a name for herself. also, well,
she has been linked to the post shibuya scene and/or
the pico scene. she has kept her self fairly separate.
but now, the powers to be, have decided its Eel time.
she singed with vroom records [plus tech squeeze
box's home label]. and loaded up with a small army
of odd producers. many of them from nobukazu takemura's
label childisc. also, she shed her skin of shy cute
girl, and got all sexed up for her promo photos.
well, relatively sexed up. i personally, had a crush
on old school Eel. but new Eel is just a good. i
also am prone to wondering. if, though i'm sure its
only in my head, could the album title be in reference
to the prince from katamari damarcy? I'm pretty sure
its not. but, it just feels right. just roll all
these piece's up. into a almost uncontrollable lump.
oh my, haven't even got to the album. well, this
is some subjective shit. its either, and hyper crazy
pop epic. or just a mess of rhythm and noise. this
is by far, my most favorite Eel record. it is just
overflowing with original ideas, and creativity.
taking the tokyo fake idea, and turning it upside
down. more experimental then most "experimental
pop" records. but, its still a pop record. verse's,
chorus, bridges. its all there. the album start off,
thinking it maybe be soft. but you are almost instantly
slammed into Eel overcharged world. yukari rotten
has got nothing on this. through out the album, it
occasionally lulls into nice atmospheric pop pieces.
but then just to be jagged by pretty aggressive sequencing
and DSP tom foolery. if you like plus tech squeeze
box, yukari fresh, and rotten, and nobukazu takemura,
good chance you'd like this. its has the manic feel
of plus tech, but less controlled, with the fun loving
joy of music of yukari, and the de-constructive attitude
of takemura. thats a winning combination for me.
"Nothings Lost "
oh, how many times have i torn this album
to shreds in my head? to many it may seem. i might
start believing myself. well this is not technically
Styrofoam's second album. for all intents and purpose's,
it might as well be. he jumped out of the line of
i make generic idm music being made. and made a pop
record. him and a computer. i loved! that album.
so much, when i heard about "nothing lost".
i had fears. so much so, i stayed of buying it for
sometime. obviously, and i can't really blame him,
he lost the guts to step out and do a second record.
so, he filled it with guest artists! oh, yeah, how
great. who pay's attention to anitcon? "Misguided" guided
should have a been a great opening track, next to
the embarrassing rap interlude. luckily its the first
song. and i can skip it with out noticing. luckily,
he recovers for a bit. and a new song appears. "ticket
out of town", is pretty much solid Styrofoam.
except, and this is the case for the whole record.
electric guitars have replaced acoustic. some people
will say thats good. cause the acoustic guitar thin
electronic music thing is played out. and, i would
be inclined to agree. but who said this is electronic
music? hmmm. "Couches In Alleys" is obviously
the single. other then because its a good song. cause
the guy from deathcab for cutie. and oh! postal service
supply the vocals. yes, i could look up his name.
but who cares. you know who I'm talking about. so
this is a good song, good melody, mood all that stuff.
but why!! why!!! is he so auto tuned? if i had to
make a list of people who don't need to be auto tuned.
it would be him. why? it almost ruin's the song.
is this Cher? anyways. so as the album moves along,
we roll through the rest of the over auto tuned guest
vocalists. did i mentioned it's over tuned? hopefully
its a joke. if you liked the last styrofoam album.
you'll like this one. first things that jump out
at me. electronics were used on this album. and are
the main say. this is no "electronic" or "idm" record.
this is a pop record. most of the songs are really
just catchy chorus's. the production is brash in
its used of "old school" electronic sounds.
bold 909 kicks. acid synth lines. beep and blips.
not much glitchy happenings on this one. modern synth
pop. straight up. one thing nag's at me. for all
my issue's and complaints. i find myself listening
to this album a bunch. for one, it comes into a whole
new life when enjoyed on the subway. walking around
with it doesn't really work. sunlight also works
against it. and at the end of the day, this album
is just better then what most other people are doing.
styrofoam deserves the press, and applause he is
getting. most of my complaints are fueled by my own
expectations i had laid out for the album.
"Not Dead "
oh yukari fresh [rotten], it saddens me
to know that you are married. sigh.. but, i will
not hold it against you. to go from fresh to rotten.
oh, it can't be. well, it isn't. there is nothing "rotten" about
this. for some technically details on this fresh
/ rotten thing, you should read this. what could "rotten" mean
here? is it a play on words. the cute is over! its
now rotten? or, is it in some ways a reference to
johnny rotten? how would he feel about that? well
pissed I'm sure. cute is dead! i feel like i've said
this before? well, pay attention. so its been told,
by high above, at escalator records. though in this
case. talk about a miss fire. could the name change
be any cutier? there is just no rottenness here.
it has more of the feel of a cute girl, being cute,
but demanding that she is not, that she is punk rock.
its just more cute! unfortunately this "rotten",
can't much hold a candle to the "fresh".
well, i guess it depends on how you look at it. in
many ways "not dead" really harks back
to old yukari fresh. its akwardly amateur synth programing,
reminds me of her old playfully sampling technique's.
the computer voice and rhythm ace's stuck around
though. i want to mention one song so bad. "C.L.I.J.S.T.E.R.S." but
oh! no. damn, the album version totally lacks the
excitement, and energy of the single. so it doesn't
so much apply to the album. upon thinking about it.
this album is still very sample-y. but not of normally
sampled stuff. but of generic synth sounds. much
like Styrofoam's new album. it harkens back to traditional
electronic sounds. big up 909 kicks, 808 snares,
acid synth squeaks. really, this is more a pop artists
take on electronic music, where Styrofoam's album
is an electronics artists take on pop. much of "not
dead" finds either yukari's voice missing, or
just sort of talking. if i had to pull songs out,
really, the only one that can stand on its own is "say
when". its just catchy, and fun, wonderful really.
makes me want to get up. the real art of "not
dead" though doesn't lye in the songs. but in
the whole thing. you must, and i repeat must! listen
to it as one whole song. it only comes in, at about
30 minutes in length. so its quite doable i think.
when you listen to the whole thing, as one. then,
it all comes together. all the pointless parts, here
and there. find ground to stand upon, and its all
quite fun. witch brings up back to square 1. if i
understand my press right. this wasn't really suppose
to be fun and cute. but, cool? well, if fun and cute
is cool. then this is some seriously cool shit. I'm
a yukari fan, so i'll enjoy it, well waiting for
another yukari fresh album. and thats the down side.
don't play it near any yukari fresh, you'll be disappointed.
in a world of so much music, this album is extra
forgettable. but it is a solid, but short distraction.
jan 1 '05
- the remote viewer