Ok so two cool copies of Sound and Recording I really want (the one on the right has a small but interesting feature with yasutaka nakata and yukihiro fukutomi)
Idol Fancy PV VHS (plus another nexus 2060 postcard for some reason)
Another copy of Jumper and my 4th copy of Cutie Cinema Pre Play
Yukihiro Fukutomi’s Third, Tropical Daizin’s First Kiss (rare/GREAT 11 songs!)
Perfume’s Sweet Refrain Single (Folded posters not pictured)
More copies of Caps Lock and another copy of Sugarless Girl (with first press wrist strap)
M-flo’s new Asobon Enkai mix (should be the limited edition) and m-flo Turns it Out!
Promo copy of Music Controller and another Yamaha Sampler (for sound furniture this time)
Lastly a signed copy of Space Station no.9 (to go with my signed copy of Nexus 2060)
Sadly I thought there was gonna be more here, guess not!
m-flo DJ MIX CD「ASOBON!ENKAI」(Digest Ver / Sound Only)
Can we all be excited for the So Momma I’d Love To Catch Up OK (Remo Con Remix) and the Transformerz (Ken Oshima Remix)?
Also Our Song and Jumper? Good songs but super old, either way this should be a lot better than the Bon Enkai mix!
CAPSULE in Marquee vol.99 (Part 2)
CAPSULE in Marquee vol.99 (Part 1)
Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE) feature in Sound and Recording Nov 2013
So on my third listen to caps lock
I gotta say, over a year ago I said:
Yeah he should really just leave pop music for a bit and just go experiment with new sounds and venture into new territory. Would be interesting to see what happens if he did
CAPS LOCK is pretty much the album I have been waiting for since PLAYER and honestly since the first Liar Game OST. Glad to finally have this album, much better than expected.
There are a lot of little things about the album I really appreciate. It takes it’s time and doesn’t rush anything. It frees itself from “GENRE” and actually feels like music for once. Other things to note, the sound design in the album is interesting. Some of the songs almost come off as pure fetishization of sound at times. I personally really enjoy music like this, it throws me back to old synth music from Italy in the 70s, which this album really seems to take influence from. If I were to be so bold I’d even say it’s very Zero Gravity esque. But that is giving a certain someone too much credit.
That said, SHIFT was a pleasant surprise, it’s a nice pop song which doesn’t sound out of place *cough* step on the floor *cough*. I really enjoy hearing Toshi’s voice as more of an instrument than just the usual “make X girl say cute things” which is pleasing. I don’t like words or vocals so to just hear her voice in this way is relaxing. Especially in SPACE.
CONTROL is still the star of the album, I adore this song (I can go into everything way too much but I’ll save it). The PV is also very interesting, it’s very fitting for the song. Actually everything is the star of this album. It’s all great. Still the whole “concept album based around a keyboard” is hilarious. It’s a silly concept, but I think the sillyness of the concept mixed with the brilliance of the music makes for a very natural album.
I think albums are more than just the music, the aesthetics of the album play a big role. And everything just seems to come off as sparse, even due to the lack of caring in any form of artistic direction. Which is interesting, it’s how I think of this album, sparse. Not Displacer (see moon_phase) sparse, but you get what I mean. If anything I can see why someone said it’s almost a big “f-u” to edm. It has no “big” moment, it’s not shouting or trying to too hard to be different by fitting in.
If anything I think of it as the vibe after you leave a club, that walk home in the “AMs” when the air is nicer to breathe and sounds are more natural and less polluted when you are in that isolated and reflective mood. I’m not gonna say it’s cinematic (because again, giving someone too much credit) but it has that quality to it in a much more modest way.
On a scale from one to ten, I give it a nine. (ten is reserved for Out From Out Where. The perfect album.)
SO I JUST GOT HOME AFTER HAVING CAPS LOCK ON THE DOORSTEP SINCE MONDAY
HAVEN’T LISTENED YET
BUT THE LIMITED EDITION IS HILARIOUS. ABSOLUTELY NO BOOKLET, AND THE SECOND DISC DOESN’T EVEN HAVE AN IMAGE PRINTED ON IT. IT’S LITERALLY A BLANK CDR, THE ONLY WAY TO TELL THE FRONT FROM BACK IS BY SMALL FINE WHITE PRINT AROUND THE EDGES DISPLAYING THE USUAL COPYRIGHT INFO. DISC ONE IS JUST A GREY DISC WITH THE SAME SMALL PRINT.
WAY TO GO, I AM STILL REALLY EXCITED. IDK WHAT FOR.