September 19, 2010

Review: antennasia - Qus-cus

antennasia - qus-cus

It's been quite a long wait for this new antennasia album 'Qus-cus'. Sure, there was that remix-album of their 2006 album '23 Bluebird Street, Velo-city', which kept their fans happy for a while, but it's always a pleasure to hear new material from this Japanese duo. If you've followed antennasia over the past ten years, this new album holds few surprises. The evolution of their musical style, which was always quite apparent on their previous albums, as well as the experimentation that came along with that, has made place for refinement. There's a bit of everything from every antennasia album prior to 'Qus-cus'. Little snippets and sounds that sound familiar, which should make any fan feel right at home. Producer nerve even grabs back at their dub/trip-hop roots at one point and makes it work, without letting it sound dated. It nearly feels like a compilation album: 'The very best of antennasia', apart from the small, but rather significant fact that these are all new songs. Terribly well written and produced songs, zooming neatly along that high standard we've come to expect from antennasia. And at this point it has to be said that these songs are by no means entirely build on history, but it's clear this duo now know exactly where their strengths lie.

Well, familiarity is fine, but that doesn't count if you're new to antennasia. In that case you've got a very mature production in your hands, which oozes with experience. And what probably drew you to antennasia in the first place, was that incredible voice. The voice of san, which is prominently the main instrument in all these songs. On previous albums she was often the warmth that was added to cold electronics, but on 'Qus-cus' she blends into the already solid arrangements. I have to say that on some tracks her vocals are too much layered with effects, but perhaps that's a non-issue, as it's entirely in line with their musical style. It does make one anticipate on how great some of these songs would sound if they would be performed acoustically. None of the songs here rely on gimmicks or are dependant on any electronics that are used. Without those seductively crispy sounding synths, these songs would still stand as firm as a house. Although there were tracks like that on previous antennasia albums, this time it's in abundance and that is exactly what makes 'Qus-cus' such a great addition to your collection.

September 18, 2010

Cocco / 絹ずれ

January 23, 2010

m.o.v.e - Fate Seeker

First new single by m.o.v.e. in a year and a half. Last year t-kimura left the group, but this release does feature a remix by him.

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December 23, 2009

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - The Sun is Down! (Mr Musuko Remix)

October 24, 2009

Alfa Romeo Mito - Space Invaders

Cool commercial created by Canadian company Spy Films, featuring an Alfa Romeo Mito, involved in a game of Space Invaders.

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October 20, 2009

Robots and Muscle Cars

The latest Tokio Hotel video is all about robots and muscle cars. Needs more babes though... any babes... Flesh and bone ones that is.

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October 9, 2009

Fish Story

Check out this video for the Japanese movie Fish Story. There's a good review here on the Cinematical website. The plot is a very interesting one:

"Rather than a fish, or fishes, the linchpin of the narrative is a song entitled "Fish Story," recorded by an obscure Japanese punk band in 1975 (one year before the Sex Pistols were formed). Unappreciated in their own time, the band's song takes on a life of its own over the years, still entrancing listeners in a record store in 2012. A comet is about to strike the earth, and mankind only has five hours left to live. With the rest of the populace departed to supposedly safer high ground, three men come together, listening to the record and fantasizing that, somehow, the song will be able to save the world."

By the way, that's Kora Kengo featuring as the lead singer.

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October 6, 2009

HTC Touch2 smart-phone ft Windows Mobile 6.5

HTC Touch2

PCPro is featuring a review of the new HTC Touch2 smart-phone, which is the first phone to be equipped with Windows Mobile 6.5. If you're not ready to switch to an iPhone or a phone with Android, this should keep you happy, while you wait for WM 7.

"A well-made and usable Windows smartphone - just don't expect the new Windows Mobile to make a massive difference"

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September 29, 2009

Do As Infinity - Saigo no Game

Do As Infinity will release a new album tomorrow, titled Eternal Flame. With this album they also celebrate the 10th anniversary since their debut single Tangerine Dream came out. One of the tracks on that album is Saigo no Game, which features this nicely rendered promo-video:

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Toyota Prius bodykit by Tommy Kaira

Toyota Prius with bodykit by Tommy Kaira

If you think a standard Toyota Prius is too boring, Tommy Kaira has got a solution for you. Yes, I must agree it's a bit over the top, because with these kind of looks, you'd expect it to have it's hybrid heart replaced by a slurping V6. No, those four exhausts (check the link) will not really add bass to the whizzing electric powersource. Still, good try.

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