Archive for the ‘Language’ Category



July 3, 2013

myspace band of the week


Language is an electronic/post rock band from Tokyo. Yosuke Kakegawa (guitar/computer) and Naoyuki Honzawa (guitar/computer) were dance and techno producers/DJs in the 90s and formed Tomisiro in 2001. Tomisiro has produced music and visuals for films and anime like Sgt. Frog and Rinne no Lagrange. In 2009 they formed Language with Kaori on vocals. Their first two albums Slower Than Summer (2009) and Northern Lights (2011) pays tribute to the boy’s clubland days with vocals reminiscent of Everything But The Girl. Next week Language will release their third album. The first two singles “Hikari” and “Inazuma” shows the band going in a more rock direction. You can preorder magure at CD Japan.

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J-Rock Fridays Vol. 99

June 14, 2013

Primetime 99. Only one more column until we hit triple digits!

Language- “Hikari”

It’s the end of the world and only two people are left alive! It’s easy to forget that this is a video about the undead apocalypse once the gorgeous vocals of “Hikari” fade in and the girl wanders off into rural Japan, but the lovers’ tragic fate is just as beautiful as everything before it.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra- “Diamond In Your Heart feat. Takeshi Hosomi”

Long-running Japanese ska band Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, who I just found out played Coachella a couple of months ago, has teamed up with the HIATUS’ Tekeshi Hosomi for their latest single. It’s the kind of positive song Hosomi used to sing back in Ellegarden, but with a with a lot of great horns in the background.

SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS and Shiina Ringo- “Koroshiya Kiki Ippatsu”

Two epic J-Rock collaborations in one week! Shiina Ringo is free to do as she pleases now that Tokyo Jihen is done and here she is jazzing it up with the SOIL&”PIMP” boys on a boat. Everyone’s an assassin and we might not make it to dinner in the captain’s quarters.

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