Japan Review share new single ‘Kvetch Sounds’
Title Track From Debut Album Kvetch Sounds out October 29th via Reckless Yes
Glasgow-based noise-pop band Japan Review has shared new single ‘Kvetch Sounds’, the title-track from their upcoming debut album, due out on October 29th via Reckless Yes.
A disturbing wailing sample plays in the right then left panned to bring this immediate shock value before the plentiful percussive attributes join the scratchy riffs and the immersive vocal harmonies. This angular ambiance forms and delicately builds into the dense structure that Japan Review sculpts.
This impressive landscape soon becomes apparent for this arrangement, a mighty world filled with various layers, tones, and experimental sounds. Despite the grandeur of the soundscape, the gentle vocal harmonies that shine amongst its distorted delivery, that softer demeanor amongst the complex creation adds this raw and fragile touch into the mix. Emotion latches onto the moving melody and the volatile words.
This hypnotizing loop becomes the focus when the lyrics end, gradually manipulating in the space provided, another intoxicating characteristic which aids the final direction of this consuming piece.
Japan Review has this insatiable energy that the audience embraces and appreciates within their work. The alluring atmosphere becomes this must-be place, hit play and let this world surround you. Japan Review feels like an outfit double its size, the intensity the pair emit into their aura hooks the audience and allows this influential journey to leave a lasting impression.
As we said before, Japan Review are ready to showcase their unlimited power on such a mammoth scale.
The record’s title, Kvetch Sounds, is a nod to the Beach Boys’ seminal album (‘kvetch’ being a Yiddish word for persistent complaining or grumbling). During the recording of the album, O’Sullivan was reading a lot about Pet Sounds and Smile. “Brian Wilson’s approach to ignoring tradition and just using his ears to guide him, in much the same way Kevin Shields did 25 years later, was definitely inspiring to me. The phrase Kvetch Sounds was written down in my notes as the album was being recorded and it stood out as a title,” he says. It’s these kinds of collected phrases and notes which form the basis of the album’s lyrical content. This technique of focusing more on where the melody wants to go than any particular lyrical narrative, famously used by Radiohead on Kid A and Bon Iver on For Emma, Forever Ago, allows the listener to make their own connections with the song.
O’Sullivan’s ethos around writing and recording music is similar to that of hometown hero Mark E Smith. “I think recording and putting out music is something bands shouldn’t overthink, but rather turn up, work hard and see what happens. If we would have recorded any of the songs on this record on another day they would be totally different,” he says. Kvetch Sounds is an expansive and exhilarating debut, bubbling with invention and ideas that leave the listener wondering where Japan Review will go from here. It seems possible that even they don’t know, but that’s all part of their charm.
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