Ayano Kaneko – Mure-tachi (群れたち) album

Ever since I’ve heard 恋する惑星 (Koisuru Wakusei) in full, I’ve been hoarding any カネコアヤノ (Ayano Kaneko) CDs I could find. The thing which I decided to skip on was last year’s LP, 群れたち (Mure Tachi). I’m becoming more and more of a collector, but I still haven’t got round to purchasing a turntable, so I decided against ordering a vinyl recording, only for the sake of having it. The moment it sold out, I’ve already regretted my decision… Thankfully, Kaneko actually released the album again in February, this time in the CD format.
The lack of English information/news about this lovely artist, and purely depending on my extremely limited Japanese and Google Translate to find the info sucks, but I’m slowly getting hang of it. Continue reading →

Ayano Kaneko, one of the best indie artists in Japan


I wrote about Lovely Summer Chan. I wrote about Kamin Shirahata. Now it’s time for Ayano Kaneko. And firstly I must say, it’s fucking amazing we’re living in times when I can find out about all these talented artists from the all over the world, even if they aren’t worldwide famous, promoted and mass-sold to us through all the means available. It’s actually possible to learn about this young girl singer who plays the guitar in Japan, and despite the fact that I don’t understand much, I know enough to decide whether someone rocks or not. Continue reading →

Honeyblood – Honeyblood review

StinaOver long autumn evenings I usually get in the mood for ethereal, shoegaze-y sounds which help me get through shite, sunless weather. It should come as no surprise that some of the best representatives of this category originate from the U.K and Ireland – the rainy and gloomy home countries of the queen, fish and fries and leprechauns, and also My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie and the Banshees… you catch my drift.
Honeyblood is a fairly new band which easily can join the aforementioned group. Their eponymous first album delivers a brilliant dose of indie lo-fi rock with shoegaze and riot-grrrl undertones (Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill). The music of this Scottish duo, consisting of Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale (vocals and guitar) and Cat Myers (vocals and drums, previously Shona McVicar), echoes with the 90s nostalgia and sensibility. Continue reading →