Kinoko Teikoku
Uzu Ni Naru


5.0
classic

Review

by Aberf USER (8 Reviews)
August 28th, 2017 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A 'WHIRLPOOL' of sounds

Uzu ni Naru” literally translates to “becoming a whirlpool”. Practically applied as to blend in with the music and all of the emotions that follow, in the sense of letting the music carry you and fill your mind. Kinoko Teikoku instill their debut with the principles of "Uzu ni Naru" instantly, the opening track 'WHIRLPOOL' envelopes its listeners in a warm and looping wall of sound. The bass and drum in the track serve as its foundation, allowing the guitar to resonate as if it’s dancing along with the rhythm, while the vocal goes as if it’s chanting a spell. And of course, it doesn’t stop there. In fact, none of the tracks in Uzu ni Naru are akin to its opener; the album moves from a straightforward shoegaze to a well-rounded post rock sound.

There is not a single moment wasted on this album, as a result of the seamless progression and the variety of tracks, which makes Uzu ni Naru a well-structured album. The album itself is just like a rollercoaster, starting off slowly before accelerating its pace. Kinoko Teikoku assemble their harmony through the prowess of each band member. Bassist Taniguchi and drummer Nakamura stand as the pillar, allowing the frontwoman Sato to unleash a heartfelt vocal delivery along with slick arpeggios, all the while as A-chan adds an extra layer of uniqueness through her guitarwork or synths. It is nothing but a harmonious wall of sound. Tracks like ‘Taikutsu Shinogi’ and ‘ASHIKUBI’ are time bombs, slowly ticking, patiently waiting for that explosive moment, similarly to ‘The Sea’ and ‘Yoru ga Aketara’, but only quicker. Aside from ‘WHIRLPOOL’, it’s songs like ‘School Fiction’ and ‘Girl meets Number Girl’ that provide contrast from the album’s post rock sound into a heavier sounding, post punk element.

Uzu ni Naru is like the morning of springtime, where a chilly breeze and the warmth of the sun easen up any kind of discomfort. It’s also a sound of solace, where the depressive and cynical lyrics are transformed into a comforting mood. It's almost as if Kinoko Teikoku intentionally made this debut album only for themselves. It’s somewhat tragic to imagine the life they lived before this debut album. Taikutsu Shinogi speaks about being broken out of boredom; ‘School Fiction’ screams upon a state of being lost in a frustration; ‘The Sea’ and ‘Yoru ga Aketara’ chronicle both the denial and acceptance of moments of a betrayal by the loved one. “I want to be forgiven, but I can’t forgive (translated).” In this album, front woman Sato showcases her ability to pull off different kinds of tones in her vocal. From being deadpan and carefree in ‘WHIRLPOOL’, cynical yet energetic in both ‘School Fiction’ and ‘Girl Meets Number Girl’, or emotionally broken down in the final track ‘ASHIKUBI’. Sato’s smooth and soothing vocal breaks through the barrier in where the imagery will flow, even without understanding the lyrics, something that is worth coming back to.

For Kinoko Teikoku, their debut album is simply nothing but a success. They have certainly embraced the definition of Uzu ni Naru itself. It can be seen through their live performance of this album. They dance, they smile; they reach euphoric moments. They are a whirlpool.



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Aberf
August 28th 2017


2558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Special thanks to BlusH and Archelirion for this one.

50iL
August 28th 2017


5277 Comments


Ayyy nice review Abe, pos. Need to check this sometime.

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Aberf
August 28th 2017


2558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks 50iL.

If you like gaze, this one is a perfection. (atleastforme)

Sinternet
August 28th 2017


21142 Comments


Eureka >

nice review bud

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Sinternet
August 28th 2017


21142 Comments


oops double post

Aberf
August 28th 2017


2558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks sint, but this is better than Eureka.

ComeToDaddy
August 28th 2017


1808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Killer job, you touched on all my fave things about this album, especially the vocal mood shifts. Hard pos, this album deserved a good rev m/



One small thing: (fixed)

Aberf
August 29th 2017


2558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh shit, for that one, I think I meant: "It is NOTHING but a harmonious wall of sound."



That would make sense.



Nice find daddy, love you.

Aberf
August 29th 2017


2558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh shit, for that one, I think I meant: "It is NOTHING but a harmonious wall of sound."



That would make sense.



Nice find daddy, love you.

ComeToDaddy
August 29th 2017


1808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Killin it, bang up job for a second review

CalculatingInfinity
August 30th 2017


9140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice to see this finally got a review.

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2017


3112 Comments


Fantastic job, Abe, it's clear you put a lot of work into this, and it definitely paid off. I'll remember to check this out.

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MotokoKusanagi
August 30th 2017


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

glad this got a review, great album

theBoneyKing
August 31st 2017


17916 Comments


Nice review! Admittedly this was one of the albums on my shoegaze list that I was less interested in but you've made me quite excited to hear this now.

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2017


19217 Comments


"Fripp, you've checked Kinoko Teikoku - Eureka, but not their debut. I made a review for it; please check it, senpaiii!!"

okay

Aberf
August 31st 2017


2558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@boney, I'm still new at writing reviews, glad that this one sparks your interest.



@fripp, thank u bby.

DadEsquire
January 25th 2018


77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album rules. idk how i heard about it, but boy am i glad i did.

Aberf
January 26th 2018


2558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

rules very hard boi.

JustJoe.
September 6th 2018


6952 Comments


Uzu Ni POSu

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schoonda
March 4th 2019


1714 Comments


3 tracks in and this is freaking insane



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