Suiyoubi no Campanella – Zipang ALBUM REVIEW

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Release Date: November 11th
Format: CD
Number of Editions (1): Regular Edition


Suiyoubi no Campanella brings fresh vibes and surprising moments in a masterful record

Japan is one of the richest music markets when it comes to artists experimenting with music and playing with several genres to deliver unique compositions. This breed of groups showcasing strong charisma and open mentality towards this medium are the few ones that can still leave me speechless when I put my headphones on: There’s something magical in them, that I see as an uncontrolled and young will to convey feelings through a delicate fusion of influences, following their artistic instinct while detaching themselves from the haunting shadow of genre-labeling.

It’s a feeling I had the pleasure to experience again a few months ago when I stumbled upon Suiyoubi no Campanella, a team of three musicians and artists where singer Komuai takes the role of performing and identifying the artistic output of this project, that welcomes a vast array of influences spacing from Club and Jazz elements to Rap and Ambient sonorities, that granted the trio a relevant increase in popularity in the last year.

The group’s approach with Zipang brings some differences in execution and structure but manages to maintain the formula alive, and, in certain ways, makes it more accessible without compromising their trademark production. The record features more compact and straightforward numbers, expressing complexity in concepts and execution in relatively short compositions like the playful Twiggy and the ambient-contamintated contemporary folk of Uran-chan, featuring a frantic tribal-ish drumming characterizing the opener Shakushain as well, a track that more than ever showcases the power of this band in tricking the listener with a solid approach to then wipe it away and re-adapting it to other sonorities with impressive progression and layering. Zipang does a great job in following unique and coherent themes as well, with Medusa and Ono no Imoko as highlights of the album, bringing catchiness thanks to Komuai’s on point intepretation and consistent concepts that successfully lighten the flow of the record to make it more pleasant, and despite a few minor issues in a couple of tracks like Ra, the group never really loses grip for the whole duration of this album.

Zipang is a constantly surprising and genuinely pleasant experience that flows through its relatively short duration greatly, representing an important stage of maturation of this band and a solid showcase of their artistic value. Definitely one of the higlights of this year.

Vote: 9 / 10


Tracklist

01. Shakushain
02. Cho Hakkai
03. Medusa
04. Ra
05. Twiggy
06. Uran-Chan
07. Wright Brothers
08. Ono no Imoko
09. Nishi Tamao
10. Match Uri no Shojo

– Alex

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