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Album Review

Yume Bitsu's self-titled effort on New Jersey's Ba Da Bing records debuted the band's delicate and charming style of experimental, and largely instrumental, indie rock. The disc starts off with the wallowing and delicate "Team Yume." The song eventually kicks into a higher gear, and the newfound energy translates blissfully to the listener, as all good experimental music should. Adam Forkner's hushed vocals yearn to be heard behind a modest wall of sound on "I Wait for You," followed by "Surface I," which quickly grows out of its initial quietude and evolves into a layered attack on the senses. On "Truth," Forkner's voice again dances over the distortion and atmospheric droning. Not all vocalists are able to sing over such rhythm-free music, but somehow he's able to pull it off. On "Surface II," the simple and modest tones create an elaborate combination of sounds. Throughout the disc and throughout their recording career, Yume Bitsu fought to bring background music into the foreground. They just might have the tools to pull it off. Forkner and Franz Prichard maintain the guitar duties, while keyboardist Alex Bundy plays a major role in adding layers of texture to the songs, and drummer Jason Anderson adds a solid beat to the music. The result is a band that produces carefully deliberate music.

Customer Reviews


yume bitsu occupy an interesting place in indie rock. there's a postrock quality, a slo-core quality, a drone/ambient quality. over the course of yume bitsu's career there's always been a lot happening in adam forkner's brain and this is the album where it all comes to the fore. this is a truly fantastic album. these are huge songs. 'i wait for you' in particular is one of those songs that will catch you one day and you'll realize it's one of the most amazing songs you've ever heard--from the hushed multitracked vocal at the start to the buildup to the totally heartstopping guitar climax to the comedown and the bass-free controlled synthesizer/guitar freakout that makes up the last 4 minutes of the song. it's amazing stuff. this music deserves to be heard.


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! Records. 2000...
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