After being absent from music production for over 10 years, Takako Minekawa became involved again after seeing Dustin Wong play live in Tokyo. Dustin is the guitarist of the now defunct band Ponytail and after corresponding for a while, they soon discovered, that they had similar musical visions and interests. Their fruitful collaboration resulted in the release of ‘Toropical Circle’ in 2013.
Toropical Circle is a combination of Takako’s experimental pop full of quirky quirky synths and Dustin’s distorted and childlike guitar chords, condensed into a perfectly stereotypical Japanese experience in all its expected weirdness, for which you can still never really prepare.
And yet it never feels too much. And while almost every song can stand on its own, they form a coherent whole together. There is more to discover than would be possible by listening to it once. ‘She He See Feel‘ sounds like an East-Asian version of Metronomy, while ‘Party on a floating Cake’ has to be one of the most telling names in musical history. It’s a beautifully relaxed happy go lucky song, that’s cobbled together through the means of video-game synths, dreamy guitar chords and Takako’s serene voice.
Genre: Electronica / Experimental
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