New Japanese Vibes (119) – Sunny Day Service 青い戦車 ‘Aoi Sensha’

Enter the hypnotic and infectious sound world of 青い戦車 ‘Aoi Sensha’ (‘Blue Tank’) by Sunny Day Service. Featuring in their new album Popcorn Ballads, the alt-rock trio celebrate 25 years in the Japanese indie family in chic style -topped with a dreamy and nostalgic 90s coat, winding synths swim gauzily in the chorus, funk-infused guitars coaxes the listener’s senses to bop in the beat, and 曽我部恵一 Sokabe Keiichi’s languid yet alluring vocals struts a dapper look on the musical catwalk before the track comes crashing down at the very end with total sonic chaos.

Other Info

  • Sunny Day Service’s new album Popcorn Ballads was released on June 2nd.

© Isaku Takahashi

Picks of the Week #16

  • TAMTAM – コーヒーピープル ‘Coffee People’

Rooted in dub, jazz and RnB traditions yet ethereal and unorthodox in equal measure, コーヒーピープル ‘Coffee People’ by Tokyo-based alt-pop band TAMTAM puts the listener’s senses in a state of sonic and emotional flux. The track amuses itself in a repetitive yet infectious musical flow with teetering guitar chords and looping vocal melodies, which slowly wades towards a feedback-induced climax that would hypnotise the listener with a spiralling wall of sound.

  • サニーデイサービス Sunny Day Service – ‘I’m a Boy’

Indie-pop trio サニーデイサービス Sunny Day Service plays the melancholy card from the musical deck in their track ‘I’m a Boy’ from their latest album DANCE TO YOU. Strolling through gorgeous guitar vibes that reminds one of the early 70s folk-rock sounds of Happy End, the band rides further away from their bygone punk days and indulges in a rich sound world filled with evocative vocals, jangling guitars and a poignant undercurrent.

  • Healthy Dynamite Club – ブギーナイツ ‘Boogie Nights’

Something to liven up one’s tired eyes and ears after a stressful day of work – ブギーナイツ ‘Boogie Nights’ by disco-pop newcomers Healthy Dynamite Club. The track is as catchy and irresistible as Daft Punk injected with an extra dose of glitter – with glitz-laden guitars, a groovy rhythmic pulse and a euphoric chorus to put the cherry on top, hire the nu-disco septet any day to spice up any time of the day.

© Isaku Takahashi