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Transparent Things

Fujiya & Miyagi Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Sinister little buggers, ventriloquist’s dummies. But those wooden weirdoes and the people behind them provided inspiration for Brighton’s electronic funk superstars, Fujiya & Miyagi, when the title track set the tone for their deepest, most accomplished album to date.

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  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tirk
  • ASIN: B000EYK2I2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ankle Injuries
2. Collarbone
3. Photocopier
4. Conductor 71
5. Transparent Things
6. Sucker Punch
7. In One Ear & Out The Other
8. Cassettesingle
9. Cylinders

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Product Description

Fujiya & Miyagi’s music could best be described as part Krautrock (Can / Neu / Cluster / Kraftwerk), part New Wave guitar rock (Talking Heads / Wire) part 90’s electronica (Aphex Twin / Fourtet / Boards Of Canada). Fujiya & Miyagi's first three limited 10" releases for Tirk, released in ltd quantities of 1,000 through Spring 2004 to Winter 2006, all sold out within weeks of release. Transparent Things collects all of the tracks from the 3EP’s, along with an exclusive new track, Cylinders. Initial copies of Transparent Things are released in a collectable sleeve – designed by Richard Robinson, designer for Output Recordings and Soulwax amongst others.

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Kraut-Rock Flavoured Space Funk With their own very distinct sound, Fujiya & Miyagi release their second album. Full of quirky, catchy little numbers, our only criticism is it's over far too quickly!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transparent Things - Its clearly brilliant!! 10 May 2006
By Pablo
Format:Audio CD
It may take a couple of listens but then you'll be hooked. Infectious basslines, beautiful, memorable melodies and some of the best lyrics heard alongside electronica ("Like pixalated scraps of jazz mags in your head lights", anyone?) You've gotta love bands who make electronic music but mix it up with live guitars and bass, it works so well and its like nothing else you've heard. Oh, and catch them live - Essential stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I see though transparent things and I feel OK! 27 Mar 2007
By Muso
Format:Audio CD
This is the best album of the year so far. OK so it was originally released in 2006, but I blame poor promotion because the album is as good as Hot Chip, Tom Vek, !!!, The Go! Team, LCD Soundsystem and other such noteworthies of the past few years. Am looking forward to seeing them at the Lumiere in June, an excellent closknit venue. What does it mean, what does it sound like? Everyone is saying it's disco krautrock which is true, but for the unitiated, it's a bit electronic, experimental, funky and very cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't knock a sucker a paunch 25 Aug 2007
By nick374
Format:Audio CD
Being a fan of '70's Krautrock and the current output by musicians who cut their creative teeth in that time/place I sometimes buy albums out of curiosity to hear what new bands/artists have done with the "krautrock influences" mentioned in album reviews. This was one such disc ( Mojo magazine gave it a full page review some months ago ) but the album could just as easily be called "Transcendent Things" because the music here transcends it's influences.
A wonderful album. Apparently a collection of the bands early/only recordings that were released in various forms but have now been gathered together and released as this album: which may account for the short length of the disc. But it's only their first album! If you enjoy Neu!, especially Can, or simply enjoy witty and well made electronic music this is for you. Strongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sleek & funky 25 May 2007
By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Saw them live about a year ago as a support act I'd never heard of and kept on thinking, "they're bound to do a boring song sooner or later" but they maintained the quality throughout their set. So rather belatedly, I bought this album and ... it's very fine.

They wear several influences quite prominently on their sleeve: the two instrumentals especially sound like a modern version of kings of motorik Neu and their most slavish disciples Stereolab; the minimal, restrained guitar, bass, keys & beatbox format recalls Young Marble Giants and the breathy, half-spoken vocals recall Can both with Damo Suzuki and after - Can's sole UK hit I Want More is another obvious touchstone. And there are hints of Kraftwerk in there etc. etc.

But everyone's got influences and if F&M's are fairly obvious that's not a criticism - they've not only got considerable taste, but they use those influences to make something damn fine that is all their own - it's sleek, funky, clever, witty, consistent. If you like any of the artists mentioned above you'll enjoy this excellent album and wish it was longer than 36 minutes. Buy it and see them live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this now! 20 April 2007
By Donaldo
Format:Audio CD
If you are serious at all about liking inovative electro-pop then you have to buy this. They have been compared to The Happy Mondays, Air, Neu, Hot Chip etc, and it's not just the sound - F&M are really that good. I'd probably put them in a similar category to the likes of that other overlooked indie electro-pop outfit, Superthriller, or the more famous Hot Chip, but I have to say that good as these two bands are, this is even better. It's a crime that F&M haven't had more press coverage, and bands as poor as Sh*t Disco do. It's just the luck of the draw I guess.

The two obvious singles, if there is any, are probably Collarbone and In One Ear & Out The Other. It's these two tracks that bear most relation the the Happy Mondays - it's not just the laid back, effortless funky beat, but the lyrics are sharp too. They even slip effortlessly into a bit of French on Photocopier.

I think this is the best thing I have heard since CSS, at least as smart and funky, but it being three blokes from Brighton, probably less sexy. Expect to hear it soon on television advertisment near you.
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