• ~ I ASK MY HEART ~

    23 Mar 2014, 17:06

    I swear to God
    もう 帰らない 逢わない 私の強い …my will
    So, what do you think about new L'Arc~en~Ciel song, EVERLASTING??? ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ For me it's a huge surprise. The biggest one since shade of season. It's not like there were no experiments like this before, but this one is something. First of all, it's incredibly old school. I mean, it feels a lot like early albums with all that depressive sound and Hyde-san's cries. Second - it'll be amazing opening song for live concerts. Probably the best one since get out from the shell -asian version-. At least in my opinion. Third - I'm in love with that depressive feeling (。♥‿♥。) It's so-o-o my kind of song. Fourth - you can easily say that lyrics are written by Hyde-san. He did his best and created that exact gloomy mood only he can do. Fifth - electronica. Oh my, that electronica elemet... It's just wow, wow and wow again!!! (o⌒.⌒o) It's adding that certain something to the song that makes it feels unique. It feels like a wound on your heart with blood getting out with painful pulsation. And it feels beautiful. As I already said, I'm surprised. I expected something like X X X, but it turned out to be absolutely unique. Fresh, but with retro feeling at the same time, depressive and with absolutely amazing electronica elements in it. Amazing experiment, huge success! I'm so-o-o glas that they're always trying to find something new, instead of making the same thing again and again. And now I just don't know what to expect from their new album. Of course, knowing Laruku, it'll be years before we'll see it, but honestly, after such an unique track I can't even imagine what we'll hear on the album. I'm so-o-o excited!!! O(≧∇≦)O
  • ~ PLEASE, NO GRIEVING, MY LOVE… UNDERSTAND? ~

    16 Sep 2013, 11:56

    There wasn't much I used to need
    A smile would blow a summer breeze through my heart
    Now my mistakes are haunting me,
    Like winter came and put a freeze on my heart
    I haven’t updated my journal for a long time and haven’t even made any scrobbles lately, but there was a lot of reasons for that. And the main one – my old PC that I use for internet serfing, music and many other stuff half died (if you following my Meitantei CONAN blog you should remember the drama, lol). You know how it is, five years old piece of junk starts to die and one part dying after another. Well, I’ve almost fixed it (need to buy another HDD and re-install the whole system, but it can wait). The funniest thing - I’ve fixed my machine in the same exact day new Placebo’s album, Loud Like Love was released ^_^ And it’s actually a very good news, since I wanted to write about my feelings in the day of release. Sorry for all possible typos and mistakes in this text - I’m like zombie right now, since I haven’t slept for like 30 hours now (I’ve waited for the release), but here I am ^_^

    First of all - bad things. The band decided not to include songs from B3 EP in the album. Also, there’s an iTunes exclusive track (Pity Party (Of One)). Which is completely unfair for old school fans like me, who’s completely against digital distribution of music, or just for people, who don’t like Apple. Fans need a choice, OK? But hey, at least there’s no one of those horrible Deluxe Editions with half of tracks on separate CD. Deluxe Edition of Loud Like Love contains an extra disc, but second disc made in a right way and contains live versions of songs. Which means, you aren’t supposed to pay more if all you want is to have all tracks from album. And that’s a very good thing.

    Well, that’s enough about technical stuff. Let’s talk about the songs! And the best thing about Loud Like Love is that it has its own face. But be ready - that face is pretty different from what you heard before. The closest song to an old sound is probably Rob the Bank. This one can consume you completely, so you’ll listen to it again and again in repeat mode without an end.

    But the other songs on the album are pretty much different. The whole album is pretty soft and full of harmony. Moreover, Placebo’s old piercing and deep sound turned into something much more simple and casual, but! There’s a one big «but». And that «but» is – all that isn’t a bad thing. At all. Even though new album sounds much more casual and it looks like band tried to make it a little shocking by adding provoking lyrics (Too Many Friends, for example, caused a lot of fuss) and videos to it, Loud Like Love is unforgettable.

    Why? Well, the reason is pretty simple. Loud Like Love is incredibly touching. That’s the best word to describe the whole thing. Songs like A Million Little Pieces, Exit Wounds and Begin the End can easily make you cry, while songs like Hold on to Me and Too Many Friends putting you in a very strange mood when you’re sad, but glad just because you are sad if you know what I mean. They sounds like a cold morning of late summer, like a mist on lonely road. The title song, Loud Like Love, in other hand, is pretty bright. And that’s yet another interesting thing about Loud Like Love. It’s pretty sad and touching album and yet… it’s bright. The mood of pleasant sadness goes through the whole album and that’s what I call «face».

    Don’t expect Loud Like Love to be like previous albums. It’s not piercing, not dark and not trying to change your point of view. It’s much more simple and casual, but it’s extremely touching and beautiful. Even deep in its own way. Loud Like Love is a little different Placebo, but if you like the soul of the band, not just «those cool dark songs», Loud Like Love will give you a lot of unforgettable moments. Sad and bright at the same time. But be careful – it’s all about feelings, so if you aren’t able to feel something like that, then you’ll hardly enjoy it. But if you are, then Loud Like Love may become your favorite album. And I must say - in its own unique way it's really the best.

    As for my favorite song, Loud Like Love is one of those rare cases when I like the whole thing from first to last track. But if I should name one track, then it'll be A Million Little Pieces without any doubt. When I hear that «understand?...» my heart is just... But you know how it is.
  • ~ MUSEUM OF CONSCIOUSNESS ~

    28 Jul 2013, 8:02

    This... is the story...
    about... the museum...
    of consciousness...
    In one of my previous entries I've already wrote my feelings about the first track from new Shpongle's album, Museum of Consciousness, which was released before as some sort of demo. As I've already said, Brain In A Fishtank is a very nice song with deep concept and various interesting features, but with a lack of new sound. So, my hopes was for a two things. First - for at least some new sound. Second - more of the same concept. Because of the album's title and because of the Brain In A Fishtank's lyrics you may expect the whole album to be like one story, but...

    Unfortunately, all my hopes goes down to the drain now, since Museum of Consciousness is the most boring and the most generic Shpongle’s album for the moment. And it start to show the bad sides right after Brain In A Fishtank. Almost half of the album sounds like the same generic Shpongle track with nothing special about it and it’s especially sad because there’s only seven tracks in the album.

    And even though it sounds like the same long track at some points, I can't say that there's a some sort of special concept in it. Feeling of something story-like ends right after Brain In A Fishtank and never returns.

    Aside of Brain In A Fishtank, the most interesting tracks is The Aquatic Garden of Extra-Celestial Delights, The Epiphany Of Mrs Kugla and Tickling the Amygdala. The Aquatic Garden of Extra-Celestial Delights is very nice at the beginning, but becomes very generic in the second half, while The Epiphany Of Mrs Kugla, even though it’s pretty interesting because of its dark atmosphere, is pretty straightforward.

    The best song on disc in my opinion is the final one - Tickling the Amygdala. Yet again, there’s nothing really special about it, but it’s the most solid one and have a nice feeling of a good old school psytrance in it.

    And that’s actually it. I still can’t believe it, but it’s hard to say more about Shpongle’s new album. One of the best psytrance projects made the most flat and generic album in its history in which even the best tracks have a lack of new sound and new ideas. It’s Shpongle all right, but it’s not what you may expect from such a legends after such a long time.
  • ~ MY COMPUTER THINKS I'M GAY ~

    9 Jul 2013, 17:54

    I got too many friends,
    Too many people that I'll never meet
    And I'll never be there for...
    I'll never be there for...
    'Cause I'll never be there.
    As you probably know, Placebo released their new single today. You didn’t know? You should be very ashamed of yourself. Well, anyway, it’s here and it’s called Too Many Friends (not to be confused with Trigger Happy Hands, lol). So, how it is?

    Can’t say why, but after I.K.W.Y.L. I expected it to be dark and atmospheric. And it’s not. At least, not dark. Moreover, it starts with funny and provoking lyrics, which may even feel cheap at your first tame and makes you «Wait, what?!» at the very first seconds. So, I was unable to get into the song from my first time. But you know what? I love it.

    I really like balance between old Placebo’s guitars and new Placebo’s drums and there’s a lot of strange harmony in it. «Strange» because it make you feel sad and happy at the very same time. Same feeling with when you all alone with your heart broken, but there’s a warm autumn wind on your face. Also, lyrics is interesting. Very interesting when you get over the first «WTF?!» impression. Surprisely straight (not the stuff you usually get from Placebo), but interesting and totally not hollow.

    I was surprised by Too Many Friends. It feels simple at some point, but there’s certainly something in it. Something touching and beautiful. Looks like there’ll be a lot of surprises in upcoming album and now I can’t wait to it like never before.
  • ~ BRAIN IN A FISHTANK ~

    5 Jul 2013, 21:18

    We leave through you that's inside me.
    The dance macabre can now begin.
    Stumble floating through the sound
    Protective circles all around.

    Break apart to build anew
    Golden prisons we jump through
    Holligraphic pyramids
    We see behind closed eyelids.
    As all of you should know, new Shpongle’s album, Museum of Consciousness is going to be released July 29. I think all psytrance fans should be head over their heels now. Moreover, you can check out one of the tracks from new album, Brain In A Fishtank, as some sort of preview, thanks to Simon.

    So, how it is? Well, it is a Simon Posford we all knows. Brain In A Fishtank have the same old sound of two previous albums. And that’s the biggest problem. But it is not necessary a bad thing in my opinion. We’re all remember Juno Reactor’s Gods And Monsters. I don’t know how it was for you, but I still don’t like it just because the whole thing was way too far from Juno Reactor I used to know and love before it. That’s why I think that lack of new sound isn’t that bad. You don’t need to change the thing that works great after all.

    And Shpongle’s sound is great. Moreover, lack of new sound aside, Brain In A Fishtank is really great track. Deep, atmospheric and interesting. Brain In A Fishtank can and will make you fly and there’s a lot of interesting twists and harmony in it. Therefore, in case of composition, new track is absolutely amazing and interesting. It is a Shpongle you wanted to hear. But after four long years you may expect more new sound from it. So, it’s up to you to decide how important lack of it for you.

    As for me, Brain In A Fishtank is exactly what I wanted from Simon. I’ll get myself a new album for sure. Just because I prefer lack of originality over ruined experiments and I really like Brain In A Fishtank (you can say it's one of my favorite Shpongle's tracks now and I really like that «musc box-like» melody). Well, Brain In A Fishtank is just a first track from an upcoming album and it’s too early to judge the whole album, so, let’s wait for July 29, but the one thing I can say for sure – if you like good old Shpongle and / or just love good psytrance, don’t miss this one. You won’t be disappointed. Just because there’s none like Shpongle.

    P.S. Looks like 2013 is an amazing year for all psytrance lovers, huh? First, there was amazing new album from Juno Reactor and now Shpongle is back! Looks like I need a new player, since I'm out of free space ^^;;
  • ~ LAUGH WITH ME, HYENA! ~

    1 Jul 2013, 20:01

    Call me and tell me you care,
    There's a country to flatten over there.
    Don't bore me with the truth,
    I live alone, don't you?

    Write down the things I should say,
    There ain't enough hours in the day,
    Perfect my cold stare,
    Tell your friends I did a dare.

    But don't you understand?
    The hunger makes the man.
    With all that lies in front of us,
    The world looks so ridiculous to me.
    Ladies and gentlemen, it’s here! New Editors’ album, The Weight of Your Love is available for everyone! Have you already bought it? You should! You absolutely should! It was very hard times for a band with a lot of things happened and Editors didn’t want to make something just because there was no album from them for a long time. They wanted to make something real and they made it. New album is different from previous ones though, because of new sound.

    Instead of a lot of synths, The Weight of Your Love depends on soft sound, guitars and various new elements, so, it’s not the Editors you used to know. And, at the same time, it is. New sound is different and still have the soul of good old times in it. That’s why no matter who you are – old fan of the band, or The Weight of Your Love is the first album for you, you’ll get into it and love it.

    It’s almost impossible not to love The Weight of Your Love. It’s so touching, charming and full of feelings, so you should not have a heart to dislike it. The only bad thing is that you should pay for Special Edition to get all songs. Looks like everyone nowadays want to sell half of songs as Special / Deluxe edition. And not just acoustic versions, but brand new songs not included in the regular edition, so, you will want to get special one. Extra songs is great and you won’t want to miss them.

    But enough about bad things. Editors is back and did it great. The Weight of Your Love is really that real thing that we’re all waited for. No «more of the same», absolutely new sound and still the same beautiful soul. Soft and charming The Weight of Your Love is one of the best things happened this summer. No, the whole year. Dixi.

    P.S. As for my favorite song, it’s Hyena. I’m absolutely in love with it. Music, vocal, lyrics (I rarely like lyrics in songs and believe that it’s totally not the most important thing, but this song is absolutely special, lyrics here is a blast!)… It’s simply one of my favorite Editors’ songs ever now! ♥
  • ~ WE WON'T LET OUR WORRIES DICTATE WHO WE ARE ~

    4 Jun 2013, 11:06

    Although we're tongue-tied and breathless
    We won't let our worries dictate who we are!
    Throw out the old towels,
    We won't let our worries dictate who we are!
    La la la, la la la la la la!
    Don't forget who you are!~
    It’s finally here! Long awaited Miles Kane’s new album, Don’t Forget Who You Are! Ya-a-ay! Anyone bought it already? If not, let me share some thoughts about it. First of all – it’s very good album and it was worth waiting. After The Last Shadow Puppets previous album, Colour Of The Trap, was a little hard to get into, but now Miles finally developed his own style completely and that’s great. Album starts with Taking Over and in my opinion this song makes the whole disc. The heart and soul of the whole CD is in this song. If you like it, you will like the whole album.

    The problem is – Miles got little to deep into his new sound and focused on it little too hard. That’s why almost half of the album sounds like you listening to a one long song. In Colour Of The Trap there was a lot of various sound and Come Closer was totally different from Kingcrawler. There’s no such differences in Don’t Forget Who You Are. And as for me it’s a bad thing. I like it when songs on album have something in common, because albums in this case feels like they have a soul, but Don’t Forget Who You Are goes little to far into it.

    Second problem – you won’t get three songs in regular edition. Not even First Of My Kind that was the first EP from the album. Want all songs? Pay for Deluxe Edition. Yep, Deluxe Edition. The plague of our days. Personally, I hate such things. I mean, come on! There was a times when if we wanted the songs we used to go to the store, buy a CD and enjoy it. Now it’s almost like DLC stuff in videogames. Like «Want all songs? Pay more!». In my opinion, albums should be complete. If you want to sell Deluxe Edition, make it deluxe. Like add bonus discs with bonus materials, videos, booklets, posters, etc. I mean extras. Cutting the part of album and sell the full version as Deluxe Edition is a bad idea. But well, it’s a modern market for you and everyone goes this way no matter how much we hate it. Just keep in mind – your goal is Deluxe Edition and you have no choice. Regular edition is just an incomplete album.

    But enough about bad things. What’s good about the album? Well, a lot of things. Of course, there’ll be Miles’ unique «sixties with twists» kind of sound, but also there’s something from summer in it. If The Last Shadow Puppets was an autumn, then Don’t Forget Who You Are is certainly a summer. The most aggressive songs on album is probably Give Up, which was already released on EP before and You’re Gonna Get It. The other songs is much more bright. With a lot of drums and fire. But even soft and slow songs like Out of Control and Fire in My Heart feels like a summer. You just can’t find a better soundtrack to a warm summer nights. Honestly.

    All in all, Don’t Forget Who You Are is one of the best CDs you can buy this summer and if you’re going on vacation, or just play lazy, there’s nothing like this CD to make you enjoy summer of 2013. Even autumn person like me started to enjoy summer a little more. Is it worth buying? Absolutely. Don’t Forget Who You Are isn’t ideal and can be nuch more interesting, but it’s very good and have a fire, brightness and a lot of good mood in it. Which is priceless. Now go and buy it ~_^

    P.S. As for my favorite tracks, it’s probably Out of Control, Taking Over and Don't Forget Who You Are, but, as I’ve already said, if you’ll like the first track, you’ll love the whole thing.
  • ~ RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES ~

    15 May 2013, 14:30

    This is a game of love...
    And it was you...
    And it was you... the one that would be breaking my heart.
    When you decided to walk away...
    When I wanted you to stay.
    Even though it’s still a long time till official release of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories [it’s May 17 for Germany, Australia, Brazil and the others, May 20 for United Kingdom, France and Poland, May 21 for Russia, Italy and Canada and May 22 for Japan], today French robots pre-released the album in iTunes. Obviously, there’s no chance I’ll buy something from iTunes [as I’ve said in my previous entries, I dislike both Apple and digital purchases], but I got temporary copy from my friend, so-o-o I’m lucky and can listen to the album long before May 21 when it’ll be released in my country. Hurray!

    So, how good the new album is? Well, first of all, it’s fresh. When Human After All was released, there was a lot of negative reviews which said «still the same sound!». Well, personally I think that Human After All was absolutely perfect, but even for such a «critics», there’s a big surprise in Random Access Memories. The whole album have a retro feeling of an old school disco and funk, so, it feels like seventies a lot. Also, there’s a lot of vocal and instruments included now from a lot of guest musicians. It feels a little strange on the beginning, but very soon you’ll get into it and love it. There’s a lot of new (if I can call retro sound new) sound, but still, there’s a lot from our usual Daft Punk, so, it’s not like a completely new thing that you may not love. It’s like our favorite robots decided to enjoy a little of retro disco.

    And that’s why Get Lucky was a right choice for a single. The album is all about such a sound. Some tracks feels more like classic electronica though. Motherboard and Giorgio by Moroder [song-interview / tribute to Giorgio Moroder] will sure please people, who like good electronica. Both have an incredible feelings in them and can easily make you fly. But all tracks is deep, complicated and unique. Daft Punk isn’t the band who's doing something just because they need money. There’s a lot of interesting solutions in every song and a lot of amazing musicians to provide their style and skills. Every track have a solid reason to exists and that's just great.

    In conclusion, I should say that Random Access Memories is incredibly complicated [if I’ll start to write about all interesting things and solutions that was involved in songs, it’ll be hell of an entry] and stylish album. It’s not your regular Daft Punk and still it’s Daft Punk. Deep, interesting and very touching [songs like The Game of Love is something that will reach your heart for sure]. You’ve asked for a new sound? Here it is. Our robots traveled to seventies (which was always part of their robotic hearts) and recorded some amazing retro music for us. In their own robotic way that we’re all love.

    P.S. As for my personal recommendations – I don’t like to recommend specific tracks from the album. Album have a nice charm as something whole, so, it’ll be a bad taste to say «start with this!» You definitely should start it from very beginning and listen to it from track to track. But if I should name my favorite tracks,.. Well, for the moment it’ll be Giorgio by Moroder [fantastic music, even though it’s not the most interesting song on album in a matter of included instruments and interesting solutions] and The Game of Love, probably the most touching song on the album.
  • ~ THE GOLDEN SUN OF THE GREAT EAST ~

    23 Abr 2013, 11:43

    In one of my previous entries I’ve already reviewed Juno Reactor’s godlike EP Final Frontier, but today is a really big day! The day of release of The Golden Sun of the Great East! As I’ve already said in my previous entry, I wasn’t impressed by Gods & Monsters, the previous album of Juno Reactor. It wasn’t a Juno Reactor I used to know and love. So, after the Labyrinth, which was basically one of the best things in genre ever created, it was a disappointment for me. Therefore I wasn’t expected much from the upcoming album. But then I’ve got myself Final Frontier and it was a blast! It was an old school Juno Reactor I used to love with all of my heart with a great addition of Philip K. Dick’s cyberpunk. It was awesome, one of the best psytrance experiences I ever had. Especially since I love Philip K. Dick’s novels from when I was a little kid. So, I waited for album since then. And here it is, The Golden Sun of the Great East. Is it good?

    No. It’s not good. It’s absolutely awesome!!! It’s starting with the full version of Final Frontier and all other tracks is incredibly strong and solid. It is Juno Reactor at their best. When mysterious chants in Invisible starts, it’s almost impossible not to cry, because it is Juno Reactor we all used to love back in nineties. The album is surprisely old school, even though there’s a lot of new sound too. Guillotine, for example, reminds about Wardogs from Labyrinth right away. Some tracks gives you a scary effect too. Like Tempest and Zombie (both is very deep and beautiful). And Trans Siberian track can even scare you to death with all the pressure it gives. All in a good way, of course, all I want to say is that atmosphere in all the tracks is really strong. As for my favorite track – it’s To Byculla. It’s very soft track, which is somehow hard to describe, but it’s almost like Simon Posford’s Shpongle (yet another love of mine) meet early Juno Reactor, which gives you absolutely amazing effect. And, of course, Playing with Fire, the grand finale of the album. It’s also have something from cyberpunk in it, but it’s very soft track with something sad in it. Even with some sort of requiem elements. Therefore, with Final Frontier in the beginning, Playing with Fire serves as the best finale you can ever imagine.

    In conclusion,.. Well, it’s always hard to write about something ideal. The Golden Sun of the Great East is the album that old fans of Juno Reactor waited since the release of Labyrinth. It’s that good. Any words is absolutely useless. Just turn off the lights at warm spring night, lie on your back, close your eyes and fly with your imagination. Juno Reactor is back and their new album is full of dreams! Don’t you dare to miss it!!!

  • ~ WE'VE COME TOO FAR TO GIVE UP WHO WE ARE ~

    19 Abr 2013, 19:36

    Like the legend of the phoenix...
    Our ends were beginnings.
    What keeps the planet spinning...
    The force from the beginning.
    This spring is bad for your wallet. Too many releases that you just can’t skip. Here comes another big one – new single from Daft Punk! Moreover, after eight long years (my God, there’s a lot of things happened in my life since previous album O_O) we going to get a proper new album – Random Access Memories (I’m in love with the title!), which will be released May 17! So, there’s a lot of things to be happy about. Back in 1997 two young French musicians blew my mind with their Homework (their Around the World is still extremely special for me) and I’m still a huge fan of them. Everything they’re doing is special. Daft Punk really knows what they want from their music and makes things in epic way (remember Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem?).

    So, how is the new single? Well, this time legendary French duo trying to add a lot of vocal to their usual style. Almost half of tracks on new album will include guest vocalists and Get Lucky is one of those tracks. Guest vocalist here is Pharrell Williams and after Human After All it’s a little hard to get into Get Lucky just because of a huge amount of vocal. When somewhere in the middle track starting to go Daft Punk’s usual way it’s like «OMG, it is Daft Punk I love!», but vocal may be a little hard to get into in the beginning. But only in the beginning, because you become hooked to the song very quickly and Pharrell Williams's vocal sounds really interesting (especially in the beginning of the song) and adding something special to the track. And, of course, the whole track is incredibly old school. Daft Punk just don’t want to change with time and modern tendencies and it’s awesome. «We've come too far to give up who we are», this part of Get Lucky's lyric is what the new single is all about. Last.fm respond to the single with a lot of scrobbles right away, so it lookes like Thomas and Guy-Manuel won over a lot of hearts all over again. I really like the new single and can’t wait for the album! Welcome back, Daft Punk!