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2011/02/10 / monteurhulot

ALBUM // Clive Tanaka y su orquesta – Jet Set Siempre 1°

As much as I’ve been enjoying listening to Jet Set Siempre 1° (coming soon to a Playstation 1 near you) it’s also been doing a great job of reminding me just how bad I am at writing about music! In mulling over it these past few weeks, my two main reference points have been Cut Copy’s very enjoyable new exercise in decade-fusing dance pop, Zonoscope,  and the Avalanches’ referentially byzantine   Since I Left You. Reading his (supposed?) biography, this comparison began to make some more concrete sense to me. Tanaka was a hikikomori recluse between 1991 and 2002 who became extremely attached to the disco cassettes his sister left outside his door, and eventually began to write music on a Yamaha DX7 keyboard. Here, then is the similarity between Since I Left You and Jet Set Siempre 1°:  the latter uses old music materials to build a world unto itself, and the album under consideration comes from another world built from dated pop sounds. (Whether real or imaginary.) The album was originally released last year on cassette, with a Side A “For Dance” and a Side B “For Romance.” The latter shares the retro-exotica feel of much of Since I Left You, with an added spaciness that embraces both the preoccupations of early-80’s disco and electro and the 60’s jet-set imagery, from a world in which the luxurious airliners were to be slipping into space at any moment. (Air would be another good comparison to make.) Side A reminds one much more of Cut Copy, and features the stunning standout track “Neu Chicago,” kicking off with the sort of shimmering island loops found on the first El Guincho album, and going…well, here’s the Playmobil-laden video!

Jet Set Siempre 1° can be downloaded for free as Side A and Side B, had a sold out run on vinyl and cassette from Tall Corn Music, and can be purchased as individual files over at bandcamp.

Stream it here, if you’d like:

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