After composing the nigh-on perfect soundtrack to Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game and releasing a slew of free summer single releases in 2010, Anamanaguchi seemed to slow down a bit. Though they still continued to tour, produce remixes and covers as well as a few new songs, a new major release of original material felt unforthcoming.
Three years later and Anamanaguchi finally revealed to the world just what they'd been working on during that time via Kickstarter, achieving and surpassing their goal within an incredible 11 hours. Now poised to take the chiptune subgenre of electronica to the mainstream, Endless Fantasy is an incredible breakthrough album.
Showcasing their versatility and proving they can be more than a perceived video-game band, Endless Fantasy draws from an array of influences, including dance, resulting in a sound that while different and perhaps more commercial than previous works, manages to stay faithful to the band's core principles of loud, strong, infectious and upbeat melodies. The production values also sound significantly better and vocals are included on a few tracks; although they have dabbled with vocals in the past through remixes, this marks the first time songs with full original vocal tracks have appeared on a major EP/album.
It's clear that Anamanguchi are still experimenting - their Kickstarter page claims they want to make more vocal versions of songs on Endless Fantasy - and their new direction may not appeal to some fans and chiptune diehards, but there's no mistaking that their musical career is only getting bigger.
If you haven't heard Anamanaguchi before, you may be pleasantly surprised by what you hear; chiptune music isn't just relegated to videogames.
I did not expect this when I got the new Anamanaguchi album. This is almost an opposite of the style of their first couple of releases, it is long and even has some songs with lyrics. Frankly I think it is their best effort yet, it is put together much better than anything they've done in the past. This is a must buy for both fans of the niche chiptune genre, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys electronic music.
A lot longer than their previous albums, 70+ minutes! They also try a few new things, including guest vocals on at least one track, the track I'm thinking of (Prom night) has a strong pop\dance theme which I can't recall them doing before (could be wrong)
Though some of this is not perfect it's still Anamanaguchi . I'm giving this 5 stars but I'd give a lot of their previous releases 5.5 - 6 stars if that gives you an idea of how I rate this. I think this is because there are a few tracks that have yet to grow on me, rest assured though there are still loads of great tracks on this album and they aren't letting themselves stagnate.
Unbelievable. Not only is the album a 10/10 must-have for chiptune/electronic music fans, but Amazon *actually had a copy of the official record*! After wanting this record for three years, and being disappointed by 'out-of-stock' notices, and $50 shipping costs, I am in awe that this arrived on my doorstep today. Thank you!
If you grew up around gameboys and Nintendo's you'll instantly recognise some of the sounds used by Anamanaguchi. Some of the tracks are repetitive, but the other excellent tracks more than make up for it. Support these ingenious artists and buy their album!