I took a trip to Sakae for some Saturday afternoon wandering around and stopped off on the way at Nagoya's famed File Under Records where a copy of the debut from local shoegaze outfit Aysula was waiting for me. I'd caught them last year at the Japan Shoegazer Festival in Nagoya and their abundance of what many Japanese shoegaze bands lack - a face blasting amount of guitar noise by way of their ridiculously loaded pedalboards - was one of the more impressive aspects of the evening. At the time there was only a little of their music available at the time, and most of that was the series of live videos on Youtube I've come to be accustomed to.
In June, however, the band released their debut effort titled, in an almost beckoning way, Release Me. I popped the CD in as soon as I got home and, while this is based on a mere couple listens through, it's phenomenal. It's got the shoegaze guitar noise that distinguished them at the JSF event, and on the recording the somewhat whiny, moody vocals really stand out a lot moreso than on Tsurumai Daytrip's PA (understandably). The album has a really dark feel throughout. That guitar sound produced by the more than 70 pedals in their arsenal is all I need. Tracks like "Sphere" and "Remark" stuck out from their live performances, but "Lay Down Your Feathers", the closest thing to a pure shoegaze track on the album, is the early favorite.
It's a really impressive debut, and an important one for the city as Nagoya has started to produce its share of talent as the shoegaze scene in Japan continues to grow more and more. The band has also been announced as a participant in the Osaka leg of this fall's Japan Shoegazer Festival. You can give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter and be sure to check out their homepage as well for info on how to purchase their CD. There are some "trailers" available on Aysula's Soundcloud page as well.