Monday, July 9, 2018

Kanabun – Open The World EP (2011)

  • Electronic pop 
  • J-pop 
  • Alternative pop 
  • Cinematic 
  • Hip-hop
  • Art pop 
  • Shibuya-Kei 
  • Ambient pop 
  • Rap

Comment: it is not surprising to have a talk about the Japanese webscene as one of the mightiest if not the most mighty worldwide. Even there was once up an article by Pitchfork by describing those massively populated parties in Nippon. One of the groundsills is an imprint called Bunkai-Kei wherefrom you can discover a loads of great electronic music and Japanese heritage mixed albums. Yeah, Kanabun`s 4-track Open The World EP is one of them. Of course, one could not underestimate the influence of a style called Shibuya-Kei which strongly flourished in the 90s by its cut and paste method and on the other side by adding cutting-edge easy listening, jazz, and bossa nova and exotica pop styles from the Western cultural sphere to create something truly cinematic and floating. For instance, Link is obviously the most cinematic notch within these 23 minutes, Decillion is a joyous Japanese rap backed up by a sultry beat and enchanting carillon. From experimental, glitched-out noises, vowel effects and sound manipulations to full-fledged artsy pop examples and semi-ochestrated moody hedonism in the self-titled track. In a word, the result is superb, enter the party!
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