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On Auspicious Winds, Portland, OR's Yume Bitsu showcased why Calvin Johnson and K Records were interested in the quartet: The band's atmospheric brand of indie rock is powerful, cerebral, and intricate. Similar to Tristeza, the band intertwines extended instrumentals with Adam Forkner's composed vocals. The disc begins with the bright-sounding "The Wedding Procession." A festival of sounds at the beginning of "Doctor Trips" creates a complex and haunting second track. The instrumental "Mothmen Meet the Council of Frogs" includes a steady organ and harrowing drumming, in addition to a solo by Johnson. Some of the longer tracks run out of steam, but, in general, their length seems to be a necessity. More than anything, Yume Bitsu creates a relaxed and thoughtful mood with their songs. The disc comes to a close with "Into the Hole," on which Forkner sings from the start, as the band stretches out the experimental instrumentation of the song. Most of the songs were recorded with Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio in June of 2000, while others were recorded at Radsoul Studios in February 2000.

Biography

Formed: Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Portland, OR's space rock quartet Yume Bitsu consists of guitarist/vocalist Adam Forkner, guitarist Franz Prichard, keyboardist Alex Bundy, and drummer Jason Anderson, who also helms the indie rock band Wolf Colonel. The band — whose name means "dream beats" in Japanese — mixes deep, droning compositions with the odd psych pop song or two on releases like their self-titled debut and Giant Surface Music Falling to Earth Like Jewels From the Sky, which were both released by Ba Da Bing!...
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