Fujiya & Miyagi Ventriloquizzing

Fujiya & Miyagi Ventriloquizzing
In 2006, Fujiya and Miyagi became mainstays in the indie dance world virtually overnight, thanks to a positive Pitchfork review of Transparent Things, their second LP. Lauded for their heavily processed Krautrock beats and elastic, but deadpan delivery, it was safe to proclaim that no one was creating music like the Brighton, England trio. Five years and two LPs later, Fujiya and Miyagi have surprisingly become more processed and even more deadpan with Ventriloquizzing. While songs from the band's previous three albums, such as "Collarbone" and "Uh," work off the unique sound of a Moog's low end, much of Ventriloquizzing relies on an anaemic drumbeat that moves ahead like a North Korean army brigade. Although too many songs follow the same formula and many modes are often repeated, tracks like the hypnotic, Sterolab-esque "Yoyo," the relentless melodies of "OK" and the adventurous "Minestrone" show that Fujiya and Miyagi still deserve some attention in this "here today, gone tomorrow" world of indie rock. (Yep Roc)