New Japanese Vibes (19) – かしわ Kashiwa ‘Gero’

A newcomer in the Japanese music scene, かしわ Kashiwa is full of surprises judging by their intriguing tracks like ‘Gero’ from their new album Psychedelic Earth.

Its dreamy yet pulsating alt-rock façade is found in the jangling guitar arpeggios and chords, persistent bass bedrock, strident drum line and occasional glittering piano riffs. Yet offsetting the rock foundation is a catchy vocal melody that would be fit for any pop/rock hit, but instead is heavily submerged in colourful android filters.

You read the description and one is likely to feel muddled. But let the sounds float through the audible universe and one may discover a unique charm about Kashiwa.

Other Info/Context

  • In order to buy the album, customers need to send their relevant details (e.g. name, address, purchase method etc.) to their independent record label email address.

© Isaku Takahashi

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