ujiya & Miyagi
(Deaf, Dumb & Blind)
Fujiya & Miyagi make music that’s oxymoronic, said Adam Moerder in Pitchforkmedia.com. Quiet dance music seems like an inherent paradox. But the English band’s first full-length album, Lightbulbs, pulses with electro-pop that’s filtered through a “stubborn wallflower’s vantage point.” The Brighton-based quartet takes a detached, almost “standoffish approach” to its music, but doesn’t come off as “robotic.” Frontman David Best’s “vocals drip with breathy overdubs and long, whispered phrases,” which loosen up the band’s airtight compositions. But he maintains that same “deadpan sense of humor,” said Jason Lymangrover in All Music Guide. “Nonsensical non sequiturs, scatting onomatopoeias, and tongue twisters” dominate every track. On “Dishwasher,” Best sings “Just look inside your encyclopedia”—good advice considering all the obscure references that he incorporates into his lyrics. The “infectious” “Knickerbocker” alone name-checks Hans Christian Andersen, Dietrich Knickerbocker, and 1970s child star Lena Zavaroni. The way Best manages to get his tongue around those mouthfuls is only part of the fun, said Matt Bolton in the London Guardian. The “gleeful propulsion” of the music makes the entire album “hard to resist.”
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