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Roomic Cube

Takako Minekawa

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Album Review

Based on the concept of a "room" being Takako Minekawa's favorite place for creating music, Roomic Cube finds a place for everything. Co-written and produced with her friends in Buffalo Daughter, the album stretches her sound: while her more usual style of minimal, poignant songwriting shows up on tracks like "Sleep Song" and "Never/More," the tracks Buffalo Daughter collaborated on reflect the group's affection for busy arrangements and sound effects. This gives Roomic Cube a somewhat schizophrenic feel, but appealingly so. "Klaxon!" "Wooooog!" and "1.666666" in particular hint at Buffalo Daughter's penchant for noisy funk and rock. "T.T.T. (Turntable Tennis)" is a happy medium of the artists' styles, featuring hints of guitars, witty samples and sound effects on top of a ping-pong table rhythm. Though the album tends to run hot and cold, it ends up being just about right.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Takako Minekawa avoids many J-pop cliches, crafting her unique sound from her personal obsessions — cats, keyboards, French pop — and her sweet, girlish voice. A child movie and TV star in Japan, Minekawa was always interested in music and formed her first group Lolita with some college friends. This morphed into Fancy Face Groovy Name in 1990, which also included Kahimi Karie. After playing in a number of groups, Minekawa was ready to strike out on her own. She released...
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