Hey fellah, happy new year! We have some brand news! First of all, two songs from our "Hey folks" Nevermind, we are all falling down" took part of the soundtrack from "Nike 6.0 X Fly - Partners in Crime", a documentary about bmx, produced by Nike Europe and directed by Alberto Accettulli from Docks Video. Check at the proper link to view the video! Btw, we are working on new stuff as Japanese Gum and, I'm almost ending my first release as The Combat Worms, more news soon. We collected few new review stuff:
Japanese Gum are the Italian duo of Paolo Tortora and Davide Cedolin. Their aim is to create soundscapes that are both challenging and experimental while retaining a commercial edge and to a certain extent they manage to do what it says on the tin. The music itself sound like The Jesus and Mary Chain jamming with Ennio Morricone, but the reverb laden vocals are reduced to nothing more than an annoying mumble at the back of the mix as if put there as an after thought.
If commercial success is the game plan for the guys, well it ain't gonna happen, although they do have crossover appeal for both the dance and indie markets. I do actually really like this album. I like the lo-fi production and experimental nature of it. I also like the fact that there are actually songs on here. It is easy for an act to hide behind the technology and dazzle us with a series of electronic bleeps and breaks that make no concession to actually making it an enjoyable experience for the listener. On this album Japanese Gum manage to balance the music and the technology, vocals apart, pretty much perfectly.
It would not be fair to review this on an individual track basis as it is clearly not intended to be listened to that way. Instead listen to this album as a whole and immerse yourself in the chilled soundtrack. As avant guarde as it is, it is actually an enjoyable experience. (The Music Critic)
Figli di una Genova che da sempre si dimostra patria di grandi artisti (impossibile non citare i celebri "cugini" Port-Royal), i Japanese Gum tornano sulla scena discografica con Hey folks! Nevermind, we are all falling down, album che segna il passaggio all'etichetta giapponese Friend of Mine dopo la breve esperienza con la conterranea Marsiglia Records.
Con undici brani ufficiali e tre bonus tracks, il duo ligure regala al proprio pubblico più di un'ora di indietronica d'alto livello, forte di una produzione superba e di un meticoloso lavoro in studio che non ha lasciato al caso neanche un singolo beat. Quasi tutte le tracce si rivelano infatti più che convincenti: si passa dalle atmosfere eteree dell'intro di "No help for the wicked" all'esplosione finale post-rock di "Cluster of bees", senza dimenticare i ritmi sincopati che caratterizzano "Ghost/Mistake" e la componente più spiccatamente elettronica che fa capolino in "Big whale".
Hey folks! ... rappresenta l'ennesima ottima prova per i Japanese Gum, che con le ultime pubblicazioni mostrano grande attenzione verso lo sviluppo di un sound sempre più ricercato e personale.
Brani suggeriti: Sunless summer, Cluster of bees, Big whale. (Artistsandbands)
The '80s, having always been associated with the kitsch that characterized artistic expressions of the period, is probably the least appreciated decade when it comes to its contribution to the evolution of music. This is obvious when listening to a band such as Japanese Gum. Whether its post-punk, new wave, no wave, electro-pop à la New Order, or shoegaze, it's all here. These two Italian gentlemen must have grown up listening to every great band of the '80s, and, thankfully, while paying their respect to those that inspired them, they make something unique and wonderful.
In the more than one hour of Hey Folks! Nevermind, We Are All Falling Down the duo offers us a musical journey that, while not always fascinating, is certainly interesting throughout. With vocals that often feel as if they came from the depths of the ocean, Japanese Gum is a band that seems to have woken from a deep sleep to write space-age lullabies that, at times, bring to mind groups such as Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine at their most ambient and experimental, and, at others, sing with the passion and desperation of Morrissey and a cloud of distortion accompanied by electronic madness in the background. The band's approach reminds us that, while the music of the past can be the inspiration behind someone's creativity in the first place, a true artist knows that having his own voice is what distinguishes those whose work matters from the pretenders.
Japanese Gum would have been a perfect fit for a label such as Morr Music, as the band's dream-pop is closely related to that of The Notwist or Mum. However, the band that Japanese Gum most strongly recalls is Lali Puna, as both bands seem to share the same care-free attitude and melancholy. If there is one fault the album has, it is that, despite the vast array of sounds it employs, there are times when the music becomes repetitive. The thing about lullabies is that, no matter how "space-age" they are, they do tend to put you to sleep, which isn't always what a listener is looking for in an album.
Nevertheless, this is a band with a very clear idea of what it wants to do and how it can do it. Japanese Gum makes art that is sensitive, honest, and beautiful. Listening to Hey Folks! Nevermind, We Are All Falling Down is a more than pleasant experience. Now forgive me, but I feel I need some sleep; with a soundtrack like this, my dreams will more than likely be sweet. (The Silent Ballet)
And if you go here, you can read some more and also listen to few tracks!
I guess that's all for now,
take it eazy,