A blend of Krautrock with elements of ambient-angled electronica
and club-twinged soundscapes, Artificial Sweeteners from Fujiya
+ Miyagi is a fusion of Hot Chips processed beats
molded to anchor a gossamer of psychedelic tones with Daft Punks
symphonic synths. Though the name of the group has Japanese origins,
the members are natives of Great Britain; being comprised of singer/guitarist
David Best, synthesizer player Steve Lewis, and bassist
Matt Hainsley. Their music has a Britpop foundation reflective
of Englands Erasure with factions of Euro-pop influences.
Bests droning vocals have subtle inflections in Flaws
that offset the psychedelic action of the synths. The monotone resonance
of the vocals continues into Acid To My Alkaline and
take a pause in Rayleigh Scattering as the atmospheric
synths project a Daft Punk-style rambling. The title track is a
complex maze of infinite loops spiraling and crisscrossing creating
large cinematic effects.
Little Stabs At Happiness has a dancehall vibe emblematic
of Scissor Sisters while the rapid flickers of the synths in
Tetrahydrofolic Acid resemble a laser-light show. The
Krautrock tunage of Bests guitar riffs drive Daggers
while symphonic sounding synths add volume to Vagaries of Fashion.
Processed beats and ambient synths produce twizzling movements through
A Sea Ringed With Visions that has a Euro-pop flare.
Artificial Sweeteners is made for the club crowd. The looping
of psychedelic swirls has a Euro-pop flavor with Brit-pop markings
modeling the music to be a part of the electronica diaspora.
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