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Editors’ Notes

It was with this, their fourth studio album, that Brighton, England’s Fujiya & Miyagi decided to work with a producer for the first time and add a fourth member to their trio (drummer Lee Adams). Thom Monahan (who has also worked with Devendra Banhart and Vetiver) helps Ventriloquizzing maintain a balance between its shadowy cool and comforting warmth. The title-track opens with Krautrock-inspired rhythms that pulse and flicker like a fluorescent light bulb under David Best’s detached and disarming vocals — where 2008’s Lightbulbs had him singing like he just woke up, 2011 Ventriloquizzing sounds like Monahan set up a microphone under the comforter so Best wouldn’t have to leave the bed while tracking vocals. But his deadpan delivery works perfectly with somber selections like “Cat Got Your Tongue” and the icy “Pills.” The latter along with the NEU!-influenced “Yoyo” are dotted with mechanized chirps, drones and analogue electro flourishes reminiscent of old-school Stereolab and Broadcast’s obsession with all things Joseph Byrd. Best’s vacant cool even makes sipping soup sound sexy on the standout “Minestrone.”

Customer Reviews

Synth work

was fantastic. Creating luscious keyboard riffs and thick chords of synth, the not so Japanese trio might not have the highest quality of vocalizing, but their quality of lyrics displays clarity of images and contrasting colors and other things of the easy opposition. I back this album. They have a cool and unique sound at this point.

Can I get the instrumental?

I was really diggin it, until the words came.

Extra track

I pre-ordered this but did not listen to it yet but I agree it would make a good instrumental, the lyrics seem weak but I cant judge yet. Although this came with "Different Blades from the Same Pair of Scissors" and I am liking that, its 37 minutes so it can take its place.


Formed: 1999 in Brighton, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Despite the name, Fujiya & Miyagi are neither Japanese nor a duo. The electronic trio of singer and guitarist David Best, synth player Steve Lewis, and bassist Matt Hainsby are deeply indebted both to vintage '70s Krautrock and the '90s bands that were themselves influenced by the likes of Neu! and Kraftwerk, from Stereolab and Broadcast to Aphex Twin and the Orb. The group started in the coastal city of Brighton, England in 1999, when Best and Lewis first met in a pickup football game. Taking their...
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