YMCK
Family Genesis


3.0
good

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
February 4th, 2008 | 13 replies | 7,240 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nintendo obsessed Japanese musicians make music to match their wardrobe.

Current trends in music reveal that nostalgia is clearly one of the corner stones of the decaying market. The Strokes and Killers revived a sound almost two decades old, Bruce Springsteen recently had a number one record with a sound that was suppose to return to his “Born to Run” days, etcetera, etcetera. Even in the underground music community this notion holds some weight. Groups like the Advantage and Horse the band have been exploiting childhood memories of the old 8 and 16-bit entertainment systems. Video games are obviously a huge part of the childhood of anyone conceived in the past thirty years. Thus, when a band like YMCK bases their concept of music around 8-bit arrangements it automatically makes a minor cult of extensive old school video game fans very interested. Call it a gimmick, but YMCK have certainly proven that they can create a series of excellent songs simply with 8-bit programming and some cute Japanese girl vocals.

YMCK’s sound can basically be described as hyper cute. Sure, there is a very intense eye kept on making the arrangements on “Family Genesis” interesting, complex, and technically inspiring but that is also clearly a secondary effect to making some beautifully catchy pop songs. Songs like ‘Sabita Tobari No Dai 8 Tengoku’ and ‘Starlight’ run through impressive runs of seemingly random bleeps and bloops while Midori Kurihara embraces the shades of neon pink around her with a child-like breathy approach to singing. All of the songs on “Family Genesis” basically exploit the same type of approach although there are a couple of rather depressing instrumental tracks, ‘Izukata no Fue’ being an excellent example. The feeling of “Family Genesis” while cute does retain a melancholy feel just because of how sparse the musical arrangements are. Think of the use of My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Sometimes’ in “Lost in Translation”, a beautiful scene yet set to densely futuristic and depressing music.

Complaints can be thrown at the length of the record. At thirty minutes this probably would’ve been a favorite of ’08, but at almost an hour hearing 8-bit Japanese pop songs get kind of tiring. Still, YMCK should be rewarded for rising above being a Nintendo based gimmick and using odd techniques to create some very original and atmospheric music. “Family Genesis” is a fabulous pop album that anyone with a pension for highly melodic music should enjoy for at least some time.



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pixiesfanyo
February 4th 2008



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://www.myspace.com/ymck for samples to get you interested.

HighandDriving
February 4th 2008



3269 Comments


Hahaha I'm digging this crazy shit, feel like I should dl an anime to go along with it.
Starlight fucking shreds.

McP3000
February 4th 2008



3941 Comments


umm

they misspelled YMCA

Metalikane
February 4th 2008



851 Comments


Yeah, someone should tell them.

cometuesday
February 4th 2008



959 Comments


[quote="review"]YMCK’s sound can basically be described as hyper cute.[/quote]
Ugh...
I'll have to listen to this later... I just ate and I might puke.

Feedbacker
February 4th 2008



14 Comments


Good review. I liked the samples, but I don't think I could sit through an hour of it.

cometuesday
February 4th 2008



959 Comments


Wow. I only now gathered the courage to listen and that's just about what I was expecting. It sounds like the soundtrack to pokemon red/blue.

HighandDriving
February 5th 2008



3269 Comments


All the more reason to download it.

McP3000
February 5th 2008



3941 Comments


[quote=cometuesday]Wow. I only now gathered the courage to listen and that's just about what I was expecting. It sounds like the soundtrack to pokemon red/blue.[/quote]
hahahahaha

id rather listen to the original nostalgia than YUCK

astrel
February 5th 2008



2614 Comments


It takes a bit to get used to, but it is decent.

MediocreAtBest
February 6th 2008



1473 Comments


This sounds kinda cool but I already have Horse the Band

ValiumMan
February 7th 2008



493 Comments


^This doesn't sound a lot like Horse.
Good review. I think all of this "chiptune" stuff is getting a bit boring. I mean, sure the melodies are nice and catchy and what not, but honestly, most of it is very much on the throwaway side. These tracker-using nerds just kinda fail to make anything with any musical substance with what they have, which is sad, since it has lots of potential.

MediocreAtBest
February 7th 2008



1473 Comments


I know it doesn't sound like HtB, I'm just saying one band that incorportates Nintendo sounds in their music is enough for my collection.This Message Edited On 02.07.08



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