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Shuta Hasunuma – Pop Ooga (Western Vinyl, 2009)


Shuta Hasunuma?

Nick: has he? can I have one?

yeah I’m really not sure how to pronounce this one.

where’s he from?

I…. don’t know, I know nothing, hold on.

I was about to say ‘he’ is from Tokyo, but that could be a woman in the picture.

nope it’s a man.

well it doesn’t sound Japanese at all, sounds South American if you ask me, which you probably don’t.

ehm, the whole point of this blog is asking you, so of course I do.

Latin rhythms certainly.

very….unobtrusive, it’s sort of music that you can decide to listen to or just let it wash over you, at a sort of a distance.

and strangely enough, I hate to use the word…


haha, no, this is worse, it’s pleasant.

despite the fast rhythm, it’s quite relaxing.

bit sort of playful.

‘we’re making music here to relax, please don’t take it seriously’



are words that come to mind.

like all this kind of music, it becomes wallpaper after a while.

nice wallpaper.

it doesn’t penetrate past the first layer of your brain.

makes no impression.

is it even of a genre?

it could be played in lifts or supermarkets, it’s not much further than musak.

it also sounds a bit like, a kid’s first keyboard? and you could press one button and it would play a whole load of stuff, kid’s could pretend to be great piano players.

fine for ten minutes, it’s just turning to quite serious crap now.

I’d love to know, does he make money doing this?

cause if he does, I reckon I should go into music.

cause I can do this better, with more imagination.

sounds like it’s coming out of a music box, that you’d buy on your holidays as a souvenir.

it’s times like these you wish computers had never been invented.

I don’t wanna say The Books go balearic but…



Here We Go Magic – S/T (Western Vinyl, 2009)


(track 1 – Only Pieces ends)

Nick: that ended a bit strangely didn’t it?

did it?

yeah it just seemed to cut out….weird.

(track 2 – Fangela)

and this is the same band?

wow, sounds different doesn’t it?

I think it’s very inconsistent, I mean some of it is very good but the the rest is filled with the usual experimental repetitive dross, that’s……nothing.

(track 7 – Nat’s Alien)

by all means sit at home and make this noise on your computer, see if you get anywhere but don’t put it on a recording.

if you compared this track to the first one, if you played them to some one, they’d never guess that they came from the same album.

what’s wrong with that though?

well I think the audience who would like the first one wouldn’t like this one and vice versa, this is music for very ‘serious’ music nerds who want to pretend that they’re highly intelligent, they would probably disregard the first track as lightweight pop.

(track 8 – Everything’s Big)

this one now sounds like 1930’s honky tonk showtunes, these guys need to take a good look at themselves.

So, everything I read about this record says that it’s the work of Luke Temple, as if I’m supposed to know who that is. But no matter, kinda like Nick said this is dusty cyclical droning pop songs, ‘noise’ (that really doesn’t come off) and an unbelievably strange album closer that seems like it was drafted in from another world, never mind another record.

It’s pretty great.