Gaijin Blues consists of Polish-based musician Naphta and his bandmate Playstation Yoga Music. Their released their self-titled EP earlier this month, and have now released their debut album titled Gaijin Blues II, a fitting follow-up to the previously intriguing project. This new album pushes their sound further, experimenting with Japanese, video game music like never before.
The 8 track album starts off with stunning percussion and a string section that adds beauty and incredibly vibrant energy to the album. The compositions are intricate, with engaging rhythms throughout. The vocal contributions on “Bahamut (The Town Provider)” are met with more Japanese-inspired percussion and gorgeous rhythms throughout. The dynamic, beat-heavy tone of “Puff-Puff” is engaging and brings infectious grooves to the music, while the stunning “Professor Tatsuro Kensu” is also an engaging and dynamic cut. The ethereal tone of “Mementos (Prison)” brings a soothing energy to the album, and it’s followed by “Mementos (Prison)” and “Leaving Schwarzwelt,” two dynamic and drum-heavy compositions that are just brilliant. Finally, “Grief, the aftermath and a faint hope” ends the album off with a near 8-minute masterpiece. Full of gorgeous percussion, synths and guitar leads, this track is stunning in its composition, brilliantly capturing the essence of the group, with rhythmic, melodic and soulful sounds that a just beautiful. Overall, Gaijin Blues have come through with a brilliant new album, representing the music of Japan incredibly well, and I can’t wait to hear more from the talented group.
Listen to Gaijin Blues’ new album Gaijin Blues II below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Shapes of Rhythm.