YU-CHI / ANATA WA SUKKARI TSUKARETE SHIMAI - The Original Magnetic Light Parade

Yu-chi / Anata Wa Sukkari Tsukarete Shimai - The Original Magnetic Light Parade

6 songs
24:57 minutes
***** **


Asia might be the most populated continent on this planet, but somehow they are still kind of behind when it comes to coming up with inventive music, except of course for Japan who seem to have a stronger notion of avant-garde than the rest of the world combines. Therefore I am always happy to listen to new Japanese artists, and Yu-chi, an experimental composer from Niigata definitely doesn’t disappoint. His three tracks on The Original Magnetic Light Parade don’t even make it to ten minutes, but there is still a lot to discover. The opener Bustle, Conflict And Me sounds like industrial music devised by the makers of the Super Mario games. The rhythm is quite martial, but the instrumentation has a certain cuteness that transforms this track into something quite special. The First Star is a mellower track with a pastoral touch, initially played on acoustic guitar, but then later joined by a pretty piano melody. He finally ends his portion of the EP with Toy Joy, a psychotic waltz that sounds like one of those olde-timey automaton waltzes. There are a lot of weird sounds, including a barking dog, and the circular melody will stop at nothing to dig itself into your head. That’s great stuff!

Anata Wa Sukkari Tsukarete Shimai is a filesharing collective from Japan, Scotland and England who released already two EPs in the past. The three songs featured here are remixes of some of those tracks. Cataract (Gluid Remix) is a moving foray into the darker side of music. There is a lot of gloom, but the melodic component is never neglected, so that we can call this remix a success. Lost In The Forest Of Blank Sportswear (Jim Child Mix) is a shorter piece and quite playful, not unlike The Residents, in some ways. My Drive (Rune Martinsen Remix) is maybe a little too oppressive for my taste. The omnipresent drones at times overshadow the song, making it hard to discern some truly nice moments, and the tape echo effect on the guitar will let you believe you’re on the inside of a horror movie.

I am looking forward already to hearing a new regular album or EP by Anata Wa Sukkari Tsukarete Shimai, while I also hope that Yu-chi won’t have us wait too long for more of his quite extraordinary compositions. Fans of experimental leftfield indie electronica should whet their appetite, while the mainstream faction is definitely scared away.

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