I’m afraid I’m a bit behind with my blog posts at the moment, and I’ve been meaning to review this CD since June! Apologies for the delay, but I figured better late than never! Another reason for my delay is that I’ve been waiting and hoping the right words would come to me. When I first heard this album I loved it, but I’ve been struggling to put my finger on why.
i’mperfect, the new album from Japanese indie/post-hardcore/progressive rock band Ling tosite sigure, was released in the UK in June by JPU Records. The band, formed in 2002 in Saitama, has three members:
Toru “TK” Kitajima (北嶋徹) – guitar, vocals
Miyoko “345” Nakamura (中村美代子) – bass, vocals
Masatoshi “Pierre” Nakano (ピエール中野) – drums
For me, it’s the combination of Toru and Miyoko’s vocals that really makes them stand out. Check out the album’s opening track, ‘Beautiful Circus’:
Ling tosite sigure’s ferocious yet beautiful arrangements; sharp and technical guitar work; thick, distorted basslines; and aggressively progressive beats have set them out as the new heroes of Tokyo’s notorious indie-scene, and i’mperfect manages to capture it all in one of their most ambitious efforts to date. Throw in haunting, intertwined male-female vocals and multi-genre influences you have one of Japan’s most refreshing, unique and most talked about albums of the year. (JPU Records)
Ling tosite sigure have a really unique sound and, although they’re a little heavier than the music I usually listen to, I honestly haven’t stopped listening to this album since I first got hold of it. It’s a great album to listen to whilst walking to work, and I find the drums and guitars really energise me. I still haven’t quite found the right words to tell you why this album is so great though, so you’ll just have to listen and find out for yourself. This track, ‘abnormalize’, was used as the opening theme to the anime series PSYCHO PASS (which sounds really cool!).
Find out more about Ling tosite sigure: