Oishiihanashi ( おいしいはなし ) from Tokyo in Japan is the psychedelic pop quartet of Konno ( コンノ ) (Guitar / Vocal), Kanako ( カナコ )(Keys /Vocal), Yurika ( ユリカ ) (Drums / Vocal) and Niahiyama ( ニシヤマ ) (Bass).
Oishiihanashi ( おいしいはなし )
The spirits are lifted on hitting play as Oishiihanashi usher their blurry sounds from the speakers. The listener is left with a sense of fun, whilst the music twists and turns along its path.
There is a naivety to the sound which superbly matches the mood of the music, which is intended for any-time play. That isn’t to say the musicians are not serious players as tracks are written with consideration and capture the spirit of the music in each iteration. Oishiihanashi have a repertoire of songs which they can be proud of and I look forward to hearing their further development.
With a few years behind them the music has become more polished, whilst still retaining the infectious sense of joy that marked their earlier pieces of work. Their most recent LP Room, Sea, Grassland ( 部屋、海、草原 )was released in December of last year and the eight track LP is full of surprising turns.
Jesus Weekend an alt-synth trio from Osaka in Japan is Seira (Vocals / Guitar / Synth), Sanae (Drums) and Azuna (Bass / Synth).
Just about a year old Jesus Weekend released their debut five track EP Agleam earlier this month through Fancy That! Records. Somewhat experimental nature the music drifts, as-though hidden in cloud, through the room as instruments and electronics combine. Although not pursuing linear expectations of sound there is a coherence to the music in which the audience can just lay back and enjoy. The muted creations are often subsumed in fuzz, giving the impression of watching butterflies drift in the wind.
The compositions have a global resonance and this is an out-fit who could end up settled anywhere in the world. Always likely to remain on the fringes simply as a result of the nature of the music, which is a great pity, as there is much to be gained by getting to know the music that Jesus Weekend deliver, which has a timeless, ethereal quality, once heard not to be forgotten in quickly. I for one hope it isn’t another twelve months for their next release.
Galaxy 7 is the electro-rock performer Daisuke Tsutsui from Tokyo in Japan.
After time with a mainstream major record label signed band in 2008, he headed out on his own with Galaxy 7 which could almost be defined as metal electro. Wildly sawing guitar is met with equally frenetic electronics as Daisuke takes the audience on a sparking rumbustious journey of sound.
High energy tracks frequently extend for up to nearly seven minutes, but even then it seems too short as although there are loops of samples they are enlivened by the guitar and percussion which keeps the music moving forwards. On live performance he does use additional players, for the extensive instrumentation he performs himself on recordings, to package the show as a visual treat. As importantly on recording, without the visual entertainment there is plenty to enjoy.
The variety of ideas that Galaxy 7 deploy, give the audience more than repetitions as tracks offer different experiences and his utilisation of orchestral classicism in addition to rapidly progressing sounds gives Daisuke the ability to create solidly based compositions.
Appearing from time to time in Europe by invitation, which is a testament to the far reaching music that is Galaxy 7 and I look forward to more over the coming years.