Tuesday, May 8, 2007

MUSIC: Fujiya & Miyagi - Transparent Things Album Review (2006)

Okay, I know this is another oldie, but its a goodie. In case you missed these guys the first time round, here's another look at their exceptional second LP. Think Hot Chip mixed with LCD Sound System...

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Fujiya & Miyagi - Transparent Things
Tirk/Word & Sound
4 stars

"We were just pretending to be Japanese," admit this strangely named trio, but Fujiya & Miyagi have managed to pull off another album worthy of adding to the already respectable sized collection of Krautrock-electro albums -and in doing so, push us that much closer to finding a new genre to fuck with. Best described as part Germanic-rock (Kraftwerk / Can / Neu!), part Talking Heads, part 90’s electronica (Aphex Twin / Four Tet / Air), Transparent Things collects all of the tracks from Fujiya & Miyagi's first 3 EPs, along with an exclusive new track, Cylinders.

Combined with eclectic lyrics like: I’ve got a slow, a slow, a slow, metabolism, F & M have gathered a legion of admirers, among whom may be counted DFA, Tiga and Hot Chip. Ankle Injuries turns stumbling across a discarded porn magazine on the way to school into some kind of epiphany, while Collarbone reminisces about wanting to pick up a girl but needing a new pair of shoes first. Fujiya & Miyagi's low profile is unexplainable -herein lie the best Japanese-devotee-krautrockers from the UK -they're up there with Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem and Tiga and if you liked the Hot Chip album, you'll love this.

Best bit: Got to get a new pair of shoes / to kick it with her / not kick it with you

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