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Psh, I wish my mother was into Modest Mouse. Both of my benefactors think their music is "weird". They're right, of course, but that makes them want to reject it for some reason. Eh.
So, it's been...4 months since I last posted here - My internet was cut, and it sucked, but it's no big deal. I didn't even miss out on Zazen Boys' new album, Stories, which I'll post here after a short review (that's probably full of a bunch of weird contradictions, as I can't carry an idea in a handbasket).
Overall, it's closest to Zazen Boys II in how the songs are structured. It's not quite ZB4, with it's rigid, tight, almost pop-y tracks, and it's definitely not ZBIII, with songs that are either the loosest shit that side of the Pacific, or so tight they're almost suffocating. Mukai's experience in Kimonos (alongside Leo Imai) definitely influenced this record - Some songs sound like they'd perfectly belong on Kimonos eponymous debut. Except it still retains that Zazen Boys "madness" that I love. In the first track alone, Mukai asks the listener to dance. "Dance with your pants on," which is the kind of absurdity I've come to expect from this chill-ass dude (this is a man who was smoking three cigarettes at once in a PV).
My personal favorite track is Potato Salad, the only tack that can be considered a lead single. (listen to it here - http://soundcloud.com/matsuristudio/zazen-boys-potato-salad). Potato Salad shows that Zazen Boys still know what's up - When the song shifts gears almost halfway through, it's as if you're taken to some kind of strange, wonderful party. It's also pretty math-y, which is what I like. It has a stuttering beat to it that keeps driving on through the entire track. I also really love the fact that it seems to bridge the gap which separated Zazen Boys II and ZB4 - It fuses the math-rock insanity of the former, while retaining the chilled-out electronic atmosphere of the latter.
A runner up is Sandpaper Zarazara (the attached tra
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