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Album Review

Where previous Buffalo Daughter albums had flirted round the fringes of the shibuya-kei movement, with their eclectic influences and quirky, cut-and-paste approach to songwriting, Pshychic sees the band express a different side of their character. With only five tracks to its 50 or so minute running time, it's an album of repetitive loops and long, drawn-out dance grooves. Opening track "Cyclic" tells you all you need to know about it in its title, while "Pshychic A-Go-Go" uses basically the same dance beat and percussive guitar, but takes a more minimal approach, leaving the song with more of a Krautrock feel.

"S.O.I.D." is as sweet a melody as the band have ever written and there are hints of the old Buffalo Daughter in the eccentric electronic dots and loops of "Chihuahua Punk," but cyclical, groove-led dance rock is really the order of the day on Pshychic, with the 20-minute closing track "303 Live" bringing the album to a slow-burning but suitably hypnotic finale, with its dueling guitar and sequencer, and an impressive performance from Matsushita Atsushi on drums. Self-indulgent it may be, and it may be a painful shock for longtime fans of the band, but Pshychic succeeds in putting the ghost of shibuya-kei to rest as well as on its own progressive, space rock terms.


Formed: Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Rock

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

Japanese sonic collagists Buffalo Daughter formed in 1993, comprising vocalists/multi-instrumentalists SuGar Yoshinaga and Yumiko Ohno along with turntablist Moog Yamamoto. Cutting-and-pasting sounds ranging from funk to lounge-pop to avant-noise, the trio debuted the following year with the LP Shaggy Headdressers, followed in 1995 by Amoeba Soundsystem; with the 1996 seven-inch Legend of the Yellow Buffalo, they made their American debut, signing to Grand Royal. The full-length Captain Vapour Athletes...
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