Fujiya & Miyagi – Ventriloquizzing

January 01, 1970

(Yep Roc)

 

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Ventriloquizzing continues down the mellow path of albums
past with its slow, rhythmic reverberations that blend dance, rock and pop with
British quartet Fujiya & Miyagi’s charmingly inane lyrics. And though they
remain true to their laid-back approach to dance music, the delivery of the songs
has metamorphosed into one that strays from the lively beats, balancing the relaxed
melodies and introducing a darker undertone.

 

Gone are the
semi-funk grooves of Transparent Things’ “Photocopier” and the upbeat, plucky beats of Light Bulbs’ “Pterodactyls” that perfectly complemented David
Best’s vocals. What remains is an album layered with dark, methodically muted compositions
for Best’s whispers to float between. By far the strongest track is the single “Sixteen
Shades of Black and Blue,” while “Yo Yo” slightly picks up the pace mid-album
and the heavy bass riff at the latter end of “Tinsel and Glitter” subsequently
injects a jolt of adrenaline in Ventriloquizzing.

 

The crucial
component that has made Fujiya & Miyagi an enticing band to follow has
somewhat faded. Though there are a few tracks that successfully balance their
signature of unconventional lyrics and quiet harmonies with dance and rock,
it’s not quite enough to spark a dance party. Ventriloquizzing (their first non-self produced) is characterized
by a new, melancholic direction, and to some the darkness may be interpreted as
dreary.  

 

DOWNLOAD: “Sixteen Shades of Black and Blue,” “Tinsel
and Glitter” APRIL S. ENGRAM

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