Yasuaki Shimizu's artful jingles

Music Feb 13, 2018

Yasuaki Shimizu's artful jingles

by Russell Thomas

An effective commercial jingle wedges itself into your brain. There's the incessant repetition of Meow Mix, the harmony of McDonald's "I'm lovin' it" or the youthful chorus of "Biiiku, biku, biku, Bic Camera." Thirty years ago, though, Belgian record label Crammed Discs released an album ...

The beginnings of Mariah's sound

Music Apr 11, 2017

The beginnings of Mariah's sound

by Patrick St. Michel

When U.S. label Palto Flats reissued Japanese band Mariah's album "Utakata no Hibi" ("Ephemeral Days") in 2015, it wasn't the first time an obscure record from the bubble era had been given new attention. However, the critical praise that followed the release triggered new ...