The Kyoto (Japan) quartet of あっこりんりん (Accorinrin) (Vocal / Guitar), よよよしえ (Yoyoyoshie) (Guitar / Backing Vocals), ひろちゃん (Hiro-chan) (Bass / Backing Vocals) and ぽっぷ (Kahokiss) (Drums / Backing Vocals) who form the new wave band おとぼけビ～バ～ (Otoboke Beaver) release the LP ITEKOMA HITS on the 15th of March.
The fourteen track album (available on bandcamp) fizzes with an unbridled energy that covers the listener with a coat of bursting bubbles which launch them on to the dance-floor to pogo with the snarling snaps of the tracks.
あなたわたし抱いたあとよめのめし (You Are The One After Me – I Want Another) is the penultimate song.
The Japanese celtic-folk trio tricolor release the LP BIG BAND on the 16th of May.
This, their sixth album, once again attests to their influences drawn from Irish folk in particular and the first song to surface is the first of the eleven songs – Across The Border – which features six guest musicians, as if often their wont.
The Japanese alt-rock quintet The Josephs release the LP Dusty Dreams on the 14th.
The second of the nine tracks – Record Boy – is a song that catches the listener with a twinkle in the eye extending an irresistible invitation to the dance floor to join in with the country-blues infused rock’n’roll.
The Japanese celtic-folk band Harmonica Creams release the LP Stereotype on the 28th of March.
The first song to surface is the second of the ten on the album – Thirtyy Ears – an instrumental number which showcases their always intriguing blend of celtic-folk with influences from both Southern-blues and the more local traditions to deliver music which is a superlative fusion and east and west.