Tokyo Apartments – Road to Tokyo
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Directly from the Lucca countryside, Tokyo Apartments are a musical duo that choose the Game Boy’s square waves to better convey their strong desire to mosh and make noise.
They could easily have been called Simone2, since both members are called Simone, but their passion for video games and cartoons, Japanese ones in particular, led them to choose a more appropriate name.
A year after their first album labeled LowToy, they “decided” that the world needed a second and newer layer of high-flats in Itabashi or Edogawa, ergo the boys have come up with a fine album ready for review.
The passion for this country that gave us Kenshiro and Captain Tsubasa runs strong in the duo, very strong, so the name of the album is called Road to Tokyo.
We suggest you to listen to it with headphones on, since some tracks make use of stereo mode and it is bad to not be able to appreciate the panning gimmicks. Also, if you listen to the tracks on your mobile phone speakers, Antonio Inoki will come along and rips you off!
The album itself is a level up from their previous work.
Tokyo Apartments presents theirselves in a more mature way, more aware of the medium at their disposal. Their square-wave melodies fit very well into the rhythm of a kick drum and fat bass.
If we put the low-poly bass farts of the opening track, Eastern Star, on a decent sound system, we would be overwhelmed by all its glory. The kick drum beats and rhythm changes add variety to the track and are a great welcome to the ears for the rest to come.
The album’s eponymous track, Road to Tokyo, starts with a pattern that never completely disappears throughout the song. It’s a track that builds, plans and tackles but never seems to explode. It’s a real shame, because I would have really, really liked to have had the main course after having sampled all these sonic appetizers.
But it’s only the beginning, and Virtual Noise manages to lift me up, interspersing a straight bass drum over a melancholic melody that lulls you as you bawl.
No Reason surprises me at the first change of atmosphere, and Saved Memories has an interesting melody with a straight bass drum played in grand style.
Where Dreams Became Reality (probably the best track on the whole album) starts with an initial riff that bounces left and right in the headphones and the panning game that accompanies the whole track is not bad at all. Promoted with full marks!
No(T)The(E)nd honestly didn’t drove us crazy, it seemed more a sequence of notes without a precise logical thread.
The final track, Remember, contains that bittersweet feeling that brings me back in time to when I finished Super Mario Land 2 and enjoyed the sweet melody while waiting to replay it eagerly. And it seems like a good way to end the album.
In spite of a couple of not so successful tracks, Road to Tokyo manages to be enjoyed and listened to on a car radio at full volume.
Bravo Tokyo Apartments!
Road to Tokyo is a good album apart from maybe just two not so successful tracks, get the money and download it!