[Japan] EUPHRATES

EUPHRATES
The 2014 Japan Shoegazer Festival kicks off in less than a week with the first event taking place in Osaka on September 7th.  Between the two shows – the latter on the 27th in Tokyo – the bill is loaded with well-known artists in Japan’s shoegaze scene:  Zeppet Store, cruyff in the bedroom, The Florist, cigarette in your bed, Plastic Girl in Closet, and of course Lemon’s Chair among others.  Though the most impressive lineup in the event’s history will attract attention thanks in large part to these names, the bill sports some perhaps lesser known talent that is well worth watching.

EUPHRATES is one such band, though Japan Shoegazer Festival devotees will certainly know the name.  The Osaka-based four piece and member of Japanese shoegaze label High Fader Records frequents the middle of the festival’s lineups and remains quite active within its local music scene, planning and performing at events like “EUPHRATES Presents High Fader NIGHT”.

Since forming in 2012, what name they may have made for themselves to date has been crafted with dreamy vocal melodies and explosive, at times danceable choruses.  “Come With Me” is the ultra-catchy fan favorite at gigs, drawing the largest applauses and eliciting about as much movement as you’ll see at the Japan Shoegazer Festival.  Having seen the growth of cigarette in your bed, another High Fader product, this year, it would seem that EUPHRATES are near the front of the line to emerge in the near future.  To date they have no proper released material, but perhaps their two most recognizable songs can both be heard on the band’s Soundcloud page.

Fore more info on a band that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on, follow EUPHRATES on Twitter.  Have a listen to their songs “Come With Me” and “Stargazer” below:

[kiirorecords & JAPAN SHOEGAZER FESTIVAL V.A]

Over the last month or so the anticipation of this year’s Japan Shoegazer Festival has been building.  This year’s edition of the event has reverted back to it’s previous two city format, with the first leg taking place in Osaka and the second in Tokyo.  This year’s Shoegazer Festival features a whopping thirty artists (twelve in Osaka and eighteen in Tokyo) and a ton of DJs, shaping up to be the biggest events in the fest’s history.
A couple months ago event organizer and guitarist of annual headliner Lemon’s Chair, Masashi Imanishi announced a that a special promotion with net label Kiiro Records would take place at this year’s festival.  Around that time Kiiro Records, whose catalog consists largely of free-to-download pop releases, put out its most recent shoegaze compilation titled Forever Shoegaze.  While details were completely unknown at the time, it was assumed that some sort of collaborative release was in the works.  Today the details were announced via Imanishi’s blog.

People who attend the event will receive a free copy of the Japan Shoegazer Festival-exclusive compilation, kiirorecords & JAPAN SHOEGAZER FESTIVAL V.A.  The full track list of the limited edition CD-R was released today as well.  Though it does include some songs that have appeared on previous Kiiro Records comps, it marks the first physical release by the label.  It’s a pretty nice bonus for folks who are able to attend what has to date been a really enjoyable day of music.  One can asuume that when the Japan Shoegazer Festival concludes, this release will make its way to Bandcamp as well.  The track listing for the CD is as folows:

01. SAPPY / 天国のフィーリング
02. adgreen. / mieko maiko 
03. The Feedback Radio’s / smile 
04. HUSH / Dumb
05. kazuma / I am waiting last summer 
06. penguin airways / heatdown
07. PARASOL/ Sometimes 
08. 17歳とベルリンの壁 / サーチライト 
09. Cuicks / warp to the next door 
10. daisyblue / early wing 
11. ヨシオテクニカ / 夜汽車で見た古い夢 Old dream takes somewhere 
12. magao / 海へ沈む
13. magu / 轟音少女はうつむかない 
14. なゆたのつぶて / 星座
15. the Jinn’s / din
16. nina likes light blue skirt / Wednesday
17. cosmos / 素晴らしい世界

To check out more of Kiiro Records’ releases visit their Bandcamp page.

 

Muso Planet volume 6 Now Available! 第6号配布中!!

Here it is!  Muso Planet volume 6 is now available for download.  We had a slight content change at the last minute but are pleased with the way the issue turned out.  Thank you to everyone involved!  The issue can be downloaded here.
Featuring:

★Sounds Better With Reverb☆
★Barcelona Indie Label Siete Senoritas Gritando☆
★A Review of 2014 In Latin America☆

And the tracklist:
1. Flying Vaginas (Italy) – “Happiness and Flour”
2. Loomer (Brazil) – “Road to Japan”
3. the.city (Japan) – “Fall”
4. Ummagma (Ukraine) – “Risky”
5. Surfer Rosa (France) – “dead in your life”
6. AERO_fALL (Russia) – “Off The Beam My Dreams”
7. Sounds of Sputnik (Russia) – “Astronomical Summer”
8. Luna Ghost (Australia) – “Future End”
9. Miners (Australia) – “Soft Focus”
10. Sexores (Spain) – “Shinigami”

Muso Planet Volume 6 Coming 6/30! 第6号は6月30日に発行予定!

Muso Planet volume 6 will be released on the June 30th! We discuss shoegaze music in Australia with Jimmy from Sounds Better With Reverb and take a look at Spanish Indie Label Siete Señoritas Gritando. Jairo takes a look back at Latinoamerica Shoegaze in the first half of 2014, while looking at releases in the region during the Internet era.
With features on and free music from:
Ummagma (Ukraine)
AERO_fALL (Russia)
Sounds of Sputnik (Russia)
Luna Ghost (Australia)
Flying Vaginas (Italy)
Loomer (Brazil)
Miners (Australia)
Surfer Rosa (France)
the.city (Japan)
Sexores (Spain)

Muso Planet Volume 5 is Out! 第5号発行!

★The Shoegaze Collective Podcast★Shoegaze in Chile part 2 / チリのシューゲイズpart 2
★Graveyard Orbit//Austin Cassette Fest
★An Interview with Skip Skip Ben Ben / Skip Skip Ben Benとのインタビュー

Bands:
The Foreign Resort (Denmark/デンマーク)、GALANTS (Ireland/アイルランド)、Manon meurt (Czech Rep./チェコ)、PILES (U.S.A./アメリカ)、Fotogramas (Chile/チリ)、Diving Bells (Korea/韓国)、crown the invisible (U.S.A./アメリカ)、The Florist (Japan/日本)

Download it here/ダウンロードはこちらです

 

Muso Planet volume 4 Now Available! 第4号発行!

Muso Planet volume 4 is now available for download!  Muso Planet 第4号は配布中です。ダウンロードはこちらです。
★Shoegaze in Chile Part 1 – Valparaiso // チリのシューゲイザー part 1 – バルパライソ市
★Next Music From Tokyo vol. 6:  An Interview with Steven Tanaka // Steven Tanakaとのインタビュー
★Three SXSW Bands You Should Check Out // SXSWに出演した3組の聴くべきバンド

Bands/バンド
Le Thug (Scotland/スコットランド)
The Chambermaids (U.S.A./アメリカ)
SHE (England/イングランド)
TuT (Taiwan/台湾)
Adelaida (Chile/チリ)
Bleak Boys (Mexico/メキシコ)
Cigarette in your Bed (Japan/日本)
Dead Horse One (France/フランス)
Sea Dweller (Italy/イタリア)

Muso Planet volume 4 Coming Next Week!

All of the work on Muso Planet volume 4 is wrapping up and we are getting ready to release it on March 31st. Here is a list of the content featuring some amazing bands and what we hope will be a few interesting reads.
★Next Music From Tokyo volume 6 – An Interview with Steven Tanaka
★Chilean Shoegaze part 1 – Valparaiso
★Some Latin American SXSW Bands You Should Check Out

Bands:
Le Thug (Scotland), The Chambermaids (U.S.A.)
SHE (England), TuT (Taiwan), Adelaida (Chile)
Sea Dweller (Italy), cigarette in your bed (Japan)
Dead Horse One (France)

Muso Planet Volume 3 Now Available! 第3号発行!

 
Muso Planet volume 3 is now available!  第3号を発行しました!

★The Blog That Celebrates Itself – An Interview with Renato Malizia/Renato Maliziaとのインタビュー
★New Releases from Latin America/ラテンアメリカのバンドより来たるべきリリース

Bands:
Trementina (Chile/チリ), Curelight Wounds (U.S./アメリカ), skip skip ben ben (China/中国), His Name Is Codeine (Scotland/スコットランド), Disco las palmeras! (Spain/スペイン), Fashion (Japan/日本), Charlatan (U.S./アメリカ), FPRF (Russia/ロシア)

Click here to download or head on over to the “Download” page!

Muso Planet volume 3 Coming February 15th!第3号は2月15日に発行します!

Muso Planet volume 3 will be released on February 15th! 第3号を2月15日に発行する予定です!
★The Blog That Celebrates Itself – An Interview with Renato Malizia/Renato Maliziaとのインタビュー
★A Look at Upcoming Releases from Latin America/ラテンアメリカのバンドより来たるべきリリース

Bands:
Trementina (Chile/チリ), Curelight Wounds (U.S./アメリカ), skip skip ben ben (China/中国), His Name Is Codeine (Scotland/スコットランド), Disco las palmeras! (Spain/スペイン), Fashion (Japan/日本), Charlatan (U.S./アメリカ), FPRF (Russia/ロシア)

Top 20 Tracks of 2013

I’d been wrestling with the idea of putting together a “top albums of 2013” list for a while.  Then I realized that many of my favorite releases were EPs, so it became a struggle as to whether or not I should create two separate lists.  I’ve instead opted to go with a “Top 20 Tracks of 2013” list.  This list is in no particular order and I know there are a lot of good songs from a lot of killer albums from the previous year that haven’t been put on the list.  Naturally a lot of these songs or artists have appeared on a Muso Planet compilation (or will in the future).
★Baby Formula (China) – “Lonely Gourmet”.  Really dreamy and highly addictive track from the Beijing dreampoppers.  The vocals will melt your soul.

★Oeil (Japan) – “Owl Moon”.  Oeil released two new tracks this year and, while it was close, “Owl Moon” was just too good.  The song is available for download exclusively from Muso Planet volume 2.

★Elephant Stone (Canada) – “A Silent Moment”.  The track off their album that best showcases the band’s hindie-rock tag.  Really well composed song from an all-around great album.

★Venera 4 (France) – “Haunted Summer”.  An epic 9-minute conclusion to one of the best EPs of the year.  The acoustic version the band released just before the end of the year is solid, too.

★Beach Volleyball (England) – “Contack”.  The best track off of an album from a contender for “band of the year”.  I love the  depth in this song.

★The Chambermaids (U.S.) – “I Wonder Why”.  Probably my favorite album of 2013, and this track is as catchy as they come.

★The Cherry Wave (Scotland) – “Cave/Wave”.  These guys pride themselves on the amount of fuzz they generate and they should.  This track is loud and one of the reasons that they are high on my list of bands to see live.

★Kinoko Teikoku (Japan) – “Eureka”.  My Japanese band of the year and probably my favorite Japanese band over the last two-plus years.  You can seriously get lost in this song, which is the title track of their 2013 full-length.

★Puna (Peru) – “Au Dial”.  Instrumental electronic track from the highly-underrated Peru-based music project.  Beautifully layered song.

★Loomer (Brazil) – “Road to Japan”.  I love the vocals on this track.  My favorite from the debut album by the Brazilian shoegaze outfit.

★Cool Serbia (U.S.) – “Tear Me Up”.  I like the noisy 60s pop throwback sound.  “Tear Me Up” is one of the songs off of the EP that I can listen to over and over again.

★Disco las Palmeras (Spain) – “Alfa y Omega (la cruel)”.  Ultra was one of 2013’s best albums from start to finish.  Alfa y Omega is powerful and that chorus is addictive.

★PanSTARRS (Egypt) – “Fools”.  It’s danceable and nasty.  There’s something evil about this track from the always noisy Egyptian trio.

★Curelight Wounds (U.S.) – “Leveled Out”.  Curelight Wounds put out two DIY EPs in 2013, both of which were brilliant.  “Leveled Out” isn’t as refined production-wise as some of the tracks from the latter EP, which might be why it’s my favorite.  It’s upbeat and loud and the vocals are smashed deep in the mix.

★His Name is Codeine (Scotland) – “Replica Gun”.  Mellow track with a Velvet Underground feel.  Very simple and straightforward song that develops subtly over three minutes.

★Wavr (U.S.) – “Melt my Brain”.  The vocals on this song are magnificent.  The music is big and dreamy and, though it doesn’t change a whole lot, it never gets boring due to the big enveloping sound.

★Wolvon (Holland) – “Stagnant”.  A very busy, moody track from the Dutch post-punk band’s album folds.  One of the more complicated and interesting songs on the CD.

★Trementina (Chile) – “Hazy Youth”.  It was a big year for Trementina who released Brilliant Noise on Japan’s Vinyl Junkies.  “Hazy Youth” was the first track made available from the album.

★Zeit (Sweden) – “Sky”.  The poppiest track off of the Life is Just a Blur EP, the intro-hook is super catchy, as is the chorus.

★Le Thug (Scotland) – “Of Europe (Arc 1993)”.  The song is beautiful.  That’s really all that can be said.  I love the beat under the big swirling guitars and the vocals are…well…beautiful.