Tue Sept 15
The Toff 252 Swanston St Melbourne
Maximum Arousal presents:
Aus (Japan) + Cokiyu (Japan) + Cuushe (Japan) + Parttimer (Brisbane)
Tokyo is a city of endless tiny streets, sprawling parks and countless incongruous communities co-existing in a glorious pulse of activity. Amongst these communities is a wealth of curious sound makers and musicians creating work that defines a new vision of electronically manipulated Japanese songform. One label dedicated to this hybrid sound is Flau - and three of their key artists Aus (aka Yasuhiko Fukuzono), Cuushe and Cokiyu head to Melbourne this September to cast light over this effervescent new musical happening.
Aus's music unites small melodic passages with detailed layers of rhythm and texture gathered from his everyday surroundings. By contrast, Cokiyu creates work that references the pastural qualities of recent Icelandic outputs from Mum, offering suggestive melodies and sweeping emotive passages that bring the listeners ears into soft focus. Although ''nostalgic'' may be a word that most would use to describe her music, the sound of Cuushe is actually deeply rooted into the genre of dream pop….perhaps a much more broken type of dream pop. Feathery voices float in between the cleverly placed electronic sounds and gracefully sampled noises and field-recordings, carrying out melody after melody that are truly sublime and captivating. These beautiful electro-infused dreamscapes may vaguely remind you of Tujiko Noriko or even Björk, but it is also an undeniable fact that Cuushe has crafted some of the most uniquely exquisite pop sounds that you can ever find in today's indie music scene.
Joining them from Brisbane are lush minimal pop soloist Parttimer.
Sun Oct 4 - ROSY PARLANE (NZ) + ILIOS (Greece)