Tentenko’s “Loop. echo” is a beautifully oppressive piece, and it has a Music Video.

Despite her major debut last year, Tentenko didn’t give up on her continuous stream of independent CD-Rs released through her own label TenTen Records. And I’m really glad for this, because it keeps her personal and darker take on experimental music alive, which I see as fundamental when it comes to the artistic value of the ex-BiS member.

Just today a few hours ago, Tentenko released a new Music Video for “Loop. echo” (Rūpu. ekō), a new track featured in her upcoming CD-R “Living in the Box”. Leaving aside the  “Good bye, good girl” and Major label MVs, I think this is her first video for a track featured in one of her CD-Rs. In any case, I’m glad she did, cause not only she can convey clear and striking feelings through music, but she is very well capable of choosing the appropriate shots for her videos to fit the mood of the track (the video was probably shot with her phone, and then edited). The track combines various elements of the sounds she adopted in the past, in a very minimalist approach that subtly – but effectively – showcases details and influences in determined spots: it all comes in little bits, that enrich the track without overlapping the sense of oppression and minimalism composing it. A delicate but very effective approach.

Be sure to catch Tentenko’s video for “Loop. echo” down here!



– Alex

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Sup guys, It’s Alex! Despite not writing as much as I wanted, this week I had the time to analyze some interesting music and facts from the Land of the Rising Sun: I discovered a new group, reviewed an artist that I love, and shown my ultimate disappointment for an act I used to love years ago. But most of all, I got my hands on a nice overload of albums and totally freaked the f**k out. Japanese CDs (and VHS singles, because why not) are all I need to be happy. I’m like this.

The first article of the past week is about a very interesting collaboration between Nagoya-based Indie pop outfit CRUNCH and american producer Alex Ruby, a soothing number called Murasaki that greatly meets the influences of both artists with the right balance. I never properly listened to CRUNCH before, and looking back at some of their past releases (the blue blue blue EP in particular) I can say these three girls have been one of the most pleasant musical discoveries of this period for me. Alex Ruby too has some nice tunes going on on his Soundcloud, so be sure to read my impressions and listen here.

Moving along, I finally found some time to properly dedicate myself to Tentenko’s album Tabekko Land, that I reviewed earlier this week. I grew to love this girl and her music more and more lately… way too much: Crazy, various, with that bit of old-fashioned vibe, this album is one of my most favorite releases from the ex-BiS member, and a great one to start with before adventuring in her noise-oriented records. By the way, I think I wanna date her, but I guess it’d end up with me getting my ass beat, which is cool anyway. I’ll be sure to attend one of her live sets when I’ll finally go back to Japan, even though I’m still not sure when.

One thing that I’m definitely sure of, though, is that I’m gonna avoid Kyary Pamyu Pamyu for the rest of my life. I can’t stand this girl anymore. Heck, no one does probably. After the millionth trash release tied to a random Izakaya bar in the Golden Gai district, I ultimately got tired of her, and wrote what I’ve been thinking for quite a while: Kyary needs to go home. Retire, disappear. Unless she gets her ass back on track with a different producer, but it’s something that I can’t possibly expect anymore. Read my rant here. If I sound angry, it’s because this girl dropped my favorite album of 2013, by the way.

I got some reviews planned for the next days: The first one will be for Dempagumi.inc’s upcoming album GOGO! DEMPA out on Wednesday, a record that I’m really looking forward to despite not knowing what to exactly expect. There will be two more reviews as well, of completely different artists, but I’m not gonna tell you any detail for now. What I can say though, is that I have a huge ass article on the way, about the evolution of a music scene that I particularly love, that I hope you will enjoy.

That’s it for this week’s recap guys! Let me know what you think about these topics down here in the comment if you want. I’ll be playing Xenoblade Chronicles X in the meanwhile.

Have a nice week guys! Stay tuned 🙂

– Alex

Tentenko – Tabekko Land | ALBUM REVIEW

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Release Date: March 20th, 2016
Format: CD-R
Number of Editions (1): Regular Edition
Genre: Experimental / Electronic


Variousness and melodies are the strong points in Tentenko’s “Tabekko Land”

It’s pretty clear to everyone that Tentenko is someone who genuinely loves to record. Conveying her abstract view of the world by experimenting with Electronic sonorities and minimal sounds, the ex-BiS member has been releasing albums at a frantic pace since the beginning of her solo career, to the point where it’s almost hard to keep track of everything she does. Just to make an example, since my review of the minimalist Aka to Kuro, she released two new records within two weeks: Tabekko Land is one of these.

This new effort follows the approach of the previous album by featuring more accessible sonorities (yet still far from friendly) and improved by a slightly better care in recording. Whereas Aka to Kuro was basically composed by tracks recorded in one take with a Casiotone, Tabekko Land brings a clearer layering and progression of sounds, without abandoning the linear structure typical of the Tentenko compositions. Which means she still has no idea what breaks are, but that’s fine in the end.

What makes Tabekko Land interesting is the presence of various and overlapping sonorities, featuring elements that create interesting atmospheres and give clear identity to each track: Particularly remarkable moments are the soothing melodies and shiny bits of AWA CRAZY DANCE, the almost comical vibe of Suzume, and the insidious resonant bass of Cassiopeia. Still, despite the generally light mood brought by these tracks, Tentenko took the time to squeeze a few instrumentally-focused and distorted numbers here and there, in particular the haunting space-ish vibes of Jikū no yugami – turning a good day into a bad one in the blink of an eye – and the noisy Denshi Chūgoku.

Tabekko Land is a record that showcases various sounds, and makes a good job in giving a clear identity to each track, benefitting from various elements that makes it repeat-worthy. Due to the nature of this music, it’s obviously far from something enjoyable by everyone, but I found myself listening to this record more constantly than any other work Tentenko has done so far.

Vote: 7 / 10


Tracklist:

01. Jikū no Yugami
02. AWA CRAZY DANCE
03. Cassiopeia
04. Denshi chūgoku
05. Suzume
06. Neko no Bed
07. Toropikaru Jinga

– Alex