'Frozen' Various artists

| Jun 17, 2014

"Frozen" Various artists

by Patrick ST. Michel

At first blush, the Japanese success of the animated film “Frozen” seems easy to explain. In a country where people pack Tokyo Disneyland on weekdays, of course a new princess-centric cartoon from Disney would succeed, but “Frozen” has been a phenomenon all its own. ...

Left Right Arms 'Scapes'

| Jun 17, 2014

Left Right Arms "Scapes"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Sleepy solitude is a frequent theme in the dream-pop songs made by Tokyo-based artist Left Right Arms. The solo artist’s first EP, self-released last year, was titled “A Sleep,” while his second EP out a few months later included delicate songs such as “Out ...

Qrion reaches for softer EDM

| May 20, 2014

Qrion reaches for softer EDM

by Patrick ST. Michel

Qrion “Sink” (SenSe) There’s no shortage of electronic artists in Japan making maximalist music that centers on neck-snapping bass freakouts. Sapporo’s Qrion, though, creates songs that speak a private, softer language. The 19-year-old producer turns vocal samples into unfamiliar streaks of sound, and where ...

the Hiatus 'Keeper of the Flame'

| May 8, 2014

the Hiatus "Keeper of the Flame"

by Daisuke Kikuchi

With fourth album “Keeper of the Flame,” the Hiatus chose to emphasize digital production, moving away from the more organic style of natural instrumentation found on its previous release, the “Horse Riding” EP. The change comes alongside a reshuffle in the band’s membership and ...