This CDR, released by Roman Records, is an intriguing collection of nominally singer-songwriter works, but with an unusual style filled with space, ringing notes, and vocals that do often harken back to the master of them all, Kan Mikami — though these singers are generally much less intense. Two tracks from the ubiquitous Suzuki Junzo start things off, one of them a fiery semi-fuzz storm, the other a more placid hum. Kubota Kenji has four songs, in a way somewhat Lou Reed-ish in style.
Jugz offer four songs as well, in a gentle and spare manner. Konishi Hisakazu and Honda Keiichiro sing and play guitar and banjo, sometimes with a jangly sprightliness, more often in a melancholy way. Rocket Son (yes, that’s the name given, not a group) finishes the collection with three pieces, picking and strumming in an old-fashioned Americana style with a bluesy vocal delivery.
Listen: “Karappo no Mizugame” by Jugz