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True Tempo
  • Artist: Bank
  • Label: Em Records
  • UPC: 4560283217442
  • Item #: 1535081X
  • Genre: Rock
  • Release Date: 11/27/2015
  • This product is a special order
  • Rank: 1000000000
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Price: $19.99
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True Tempo on LP

Cool, sophisticated, and melodically funky pop from Japan, recorded in 2014/'15. Six irresistible songs from veteran members of '90s Tokyo underground pop bands like Love Tambourines, Arch, and Bridge, all influenced by the Tokyo neo-acoustic scene as well as early club music like acid jazz, rare groove, and early techno and mentored by Kenji Takimi of Crue-L Records. Bank formed in 2006 and have been assiduously honing their sound since then, distilling an elegant brew compounded of '80s dance music, the funkier elements of post-punk and the Factory Records roster, and other groups such as Young Marble Giants, Weekend, and Duran Duran. A consummate blend. Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Dai Nakamura is joined by guitarist Nobuyuki Ohashi, keyboardist Tadashi Kitami, bassist Fumio Hirami, and drummer Bo Suzuki. The latter two are a key part of Bank's charm, with Hirami's funky bass laid over Suzuki's YMO-inspired grid-style drums. But make no mistake; these are true songs, not mere rhythmic exercises. Featuring memorable melodies, heavenly harmonies, and attractive arrangements, these songs were mixed and mastered by Tomoki Kanda, a renowned member of the shibuya-kei scene.