11/20/09

Norway and new press!



Hey peeps!!!
Here we back from our norvegian vacancy! The gig at Gloria Flames was simply amazing, shared with other two kickin ass band such Laconic Zero and Le Corbeau !! So we simply thank all the folks made this possible! Takk!!! And of course special thanks to our mates in crimes in Oslo, Kenneth, Trond, Marica, Thor, Tom, Roy, Sigve! Btw, here is an italian interview and below some new reviews! Yo!

When I opened the package I thought someone had sent a pukka Japanese import. There was the ubiquitous useless strip of card, you know the thing, that sits over the spine of the jewel case but falls away once the cellophane is removed. There was also one of those mini-inlay cards inside the main artwork, with Japanese lyrics. Plus the name, of course, Japanese Gum. I’d never heard of it. I’ll bet you’ve never heard of it?
You should hear it. Oh man, you should definitely hear it.
Actually JG hail from Genoa, Italy. All the ‘Japanese’ stuff must be a little private gag. Ha bloody ha. I’ve already forgiven/forgotten about it though because…. Genoa. GENOA. That’s where port-royal come from. port-royal, the leading exponents of indietronica and YES this ‘Hey Folks….’ is a similar melting pot of glitch electronics and delayed guitars.
How is it? Awesome. JapGum front-load their album with their best numbers. Always a good tactic. But then they back it up with repeatedly high standards throughout. Tracks 1 to 3 go ‘good’, ‘great, ‘God-like genius’. (‘%’) Then instrumental ‘Sunless summer’ just hangs gorgeously in the air. No let up. Hey Folks… stays impossibly good for 8 of its 11 official tracks. ‘Cluster of bees’ is another highlight almost hitting the same stratospheric heights as ‘%’, swiftly followed by the female guest-vocaled ‘mistake/ghost’ which is particularly effective because the lyrics are more discernible:
“there was vacancy in her gaze
a feeling of absence
while we were there
growing so fast
dazzling and greeting us
with cheering smile
she said
How are you going to explain away that mistake”
If there is one mistake on the album it might possibly be ‘Converge’, the one and only miss-step in evidence. Guitars twinkle like something by Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd (Lovely Thunder, The Moon and the Melodies) but the pained vocal starts to reach agonising proportions. I suspect they were trying to juxtapose ‘abrasive’ with ‘beautiful’ since such clashes often work but this doesn’t quite pay off. In fact vocals here in general might not be for the purist. Most are heavily processed gasps or whispers. They sit at the back of the mix but not buried.
I think Japanese Gum have an obtuse sense of humour. For instance they named their tenth track ‘09’. The album title is also wilfully ridiculous. To be honest when music is as good as this, the artist can do whatever the f$#% they want and ‘09’ is a searing return to form after the ‘fingernails down the blackboard’ ordeal of ‘Converge’. ‘09’ is like Bitcrush or early m83.and if your music is being mentioned alongside those two, you must be doing something right. There’s a hidden bit within the final track and there are three bonus tracks. These add nothing but only by virtue of the fact that there literally is nothing more to add to this album. The bonuses would have made a fine EP. Japanese Gum are spoiling us. Next vacation, Italy. (Sic Magazine)

Band interessante, i Japanese Gum. Un duo (ex trio) proveniente da Genova, che canta in inglese. Sono Paolo Tortora e Davide Cedolin, attivi discograficamente dal 2007 e con quattro album in curriculum (tre autoprodotti), l'ultimo dei quali, oggetto della presente recensione, sancisce il debutto ufficiale per la label giapponese Friend Of Mine Records.
Undici tracce, in cui la band non perde di vista l'elettronica che aveva caratterizzato gli EP precedenti mescolandola a un uso di chitarre e synth che rendono l'ascolto dell'album piacevole praticamente a chiunque. Un'indietronica eterea, avvolgente e sognante, risultato di un lavoro lungo e impegnativo in fase di scrittura e preproduzione, che pone una volta di più l'accento sulla bontà del prodotto finale.
Chi volesse gustare qualche esempio può fare riferimento al profilo Myspace del duo, dove è possibile ascoltare diverse canzoni tratte dall'album, fra cui la bellissima e avvolgente "Chlorine Blu" che risalta fra tutte assieme alle coinvolgenti "Make Ghost" e "09". Da queste parti la musica elettronica non è molto apprezzata, ma quando musica elettronica significa belle canzoni, a volte rilassanti, altre veloci, con melodie armonizzate fra loro che ti fanno venire voglia di riascoltare tutto da capo, beh allora viene facile per chiunque adorare anche questo genere. (Loudvision)

I Japanese Gum sono due “alieni” genovesi (Paolo Tortora e Davide Cedolin) che, dopo un Ep pubblicato per la Marsiglia Record, Talking Silently, esordiscono ufficialmente con l'album Hey Folks! Nevermind, We Are All Falling Down prodotto dall'etichetta giapponese Friend Of Mine. Questo disco è un pianeta mosso da gravità elettroniche e venti solari indie-rock. I suoi anelli planetari sono una commistione di particelle melodiche e vocali, polveri cristalline di synt, feedback e drones, che ruotano attorno alla centralità delle emozioni slegate dallo schiavismo del marchio di fabbrica preconfezionato.
Sali minerali s'infrangono nell'elettronica liquida di No Help For the Wicked (The Month Of The Dictators). Il sound fluido continua a scorrere con Big Whale e %. Viene emanato calore acustico da Sunless Summer seguito dal cielo di note di Under a pale cold sky e dai vorticosi giri “antiorari” di Chlorine Blue. Con Cluster Of Bees il suono si satura lievemente oscillando verso ritmi più rock, mentre con Ghost – Mistake tutto si dilata e diventa battito sognante con Converge. In 09 la voce si scontra col suono e il moto spaziale cessa con le deflagrazioni sonore di Raskol'Nikov. Tre bonus-track permettono di scoprire maggiormente le abitudini della piccola comunità di autoctoni Japanese Gum: To Erase pains, Hon.e, First reminder.
Questo Hey Folks! Nevermind, We Are All Falling Down è un corpo celeste naturale e genuino dove perielio e afelio sono così vicini da riscaldare l'orecchio dell'ascoltatore. (Rock action)

Met slechts enkele optredens in thuisland Italië, zal Japanese Gum vast niet het best bewaarde geheim van het land zijn. Het project bestaat uit de vrienden Davide Cedolin en Paolo Tortora. De twee deden het eerst nog samen met Luigi Bozzo, maar bleken toch beter als tweetal door de deur te kunnen. Ze sloten zichzelf op in de studio en Hey Folks! Nevermind, we are all falling down werd geboren. De muziek karakteriseerde zich door vertraagde gitaren, rustige zang, elektronische beats en aardig wat synths. Het is echter niet terecht om ze hierdoor gelijk in een bepaalde hoek te duwen. Ze zijn namelijk nergens in te duwen. En hoewel ze met hun EP nog ambient-achtig waren, is het deze plaat meer shoegazing psychedelisch. Zelf noemen ze het 'a perfect balanced combo of liquid atmosphere, droning guitars, suspended vocals, electronic patterns and real drums.'
Wanneer je de 70 minuten aan muziek hoort, is het begrijpelijk dat je even schrikt. De nummers zijn namelijk voorzien van een flink portie white noise. Alsof je naar de radio aan het luisteren bent, maar het net niet goed hebt afgesteld. Hoewel dit in het begin erg vervelend luisteren is, past het erg goed bij de muziek. Hierdoor zijn de veertien nummers nog dromeriger geworden.
De debuutplaat is zeker een opvallende. Het klinkt erg vernieuwend en bijna buitenaards, maar is hier wel publiek voor? De mensen die naar een heerlijke plaat willen luisteren voorzien van een behoorlijk pak ruis, zijn waarschijnlijk om een hand te tellen. (Roar Ezine)

Olen siin nädala jagu sõbra bändile Tolmunud Mesipuu väikestviisi promo üritanud teha, visanud nende albumi "Puusse panen" tasuta allalaadimise kohale viitavat linki kodumaiste foorumite lehtedele, jaganud sõpradele otsepostitustega, reklaaminud neti nn. sõbrasaitidel nagu Orku ja Facebook ning saatnud autoriteetsematele stoner/doom´i blogidele kirju. Tänu sellele ei tohi aga ma ka ignoreerida analoogseid enesele saabuvaid e-mail´e kus viisakalt palutakse muusikale pilk peale visata ja kui meeldib, siis ka paar rida blogi jaoks kribada. Itaalia ansambli Japanese Gum downloadlink ja palvekiri potsatas mu postkasti nädal tagasi. Esimene emotsioon peale paari loo kuulamist oli, et kui mu enese tehtud muusika sedalaadi kõlaks, ei oleks minul küll mitte midagi häbeneda, pakuksin meelsasti kõigile kuulata ja ei muretseks vastukaja pärast. Ega tegu ole millegi erilisega aga seda elektro-kitarr mussi oskab duo nii tagasihoidlikult ja armsalt pakkuda, et igati mõnus kuulata. Mitte liiga puhas, veitsa krobeline ja kombitav, kohati rokkivam ja siis jälle tasastesse ambient voogudesse vajuv. Meenutas vahest kõige enam hetkel suurt populaarsust nautivat The Big Pink´i aga kuna ma ei ole just sedalaadi ( Kohvirecords?) muusika fän, siis oskan soovituseks vaid paralleeli vedada, samuti duoga ju tegemist. (Trash Can Dance)

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