Japanese indie pop remastered and pressed on vinyl for the first time? Of course Cromulent is going to stock it! We also have Tan-Tan Therapy too! (For the record, we assume Tan-Tan Therapy is a lot cheaper since it is only one LP, but this is out of our control).
First time on vinyl. Includes printed inner sleeves, obi, and download code. In 2012, Japanese indie-pop duo Tenniscoats recorded Papa's Ear (2012) and Tan-Tan Therapy (2007), two albums made with musical and production help from Swedish post-rock/folk trio Tape. Originally released on Häpna, they are beautiful documents of the exploratory music made by a close-knit collective of musicians, fully at ease with each other, playing songs written by Tenniscoats and arranging them in gentle and generous ways. Released during a particularly productive time for Tenniscoats; during the late '00s and early '10s, they would also collaborate with Jad Fair, The Pastels, Secai, and Pastacas. The second album from this expanded line-up of Tenniscoats, you can hear the musicians are immediately comfortable in each other's presence. Saya and Ueno of Tenniscoats bring their magical, gentle folk-pop sensibility, and their winning way with straightforward, yet lush melodies. Johan Berthling, along with fellow Tape member Tomas Hallonsten, plus guests Fredrik Ljungkvist, Lars Skoglund, Andreas Söderstrom, and Andreas Werlin, all generous and creative presences in the Swedish jazz underground, shades in the songs with endlessly inventive arrangements, highlighting the warmth and curiosity at the core of the Tenniscoats' aesthetic. Papa's Ear includes some of Tenniscoats' most memorable songs. "Papaya" is a lustrous dreamland of a song, with the Swedish musicians singing "pa-pa-ya" as an enchanted tattoo, while Saya's piano and melodica clank and huff out, further expanding the song's horizon. It's followed by the spindly and mysterious "Sappolondon", where drums and double-bass shuffle and pulse under weeping accordion and bittersweet clarinet. It reminds a little of the wild kindness of Movietone, or the regal charm of Carla Bley's compositions. Elsewhere, you can hear Tape and their friends embracing the freedom offered by the songs of Tenniscoats: see, for example, the glistening electronics in "På floden", like a keyboard conducting a music box on a distant planet; or the descending phrase for winds on "Sabaku", dovetailing beautifully into a creek of moon-lit texturology. Includes two extra tracks, drawn from the 2008 Tenniscoats/Tape split single, also released by Häpna., "Lutie Lutie" is a sweet delight, driven by a clacking drum machine, the Tenniscoats duo joined by Hallonsten on glockenspiel and synthesizer, and special guest, Japanese indie-pop legend Kazumi Nikaido, as choir. "Come Maddalena" rounds off the set, a brooding cover of an Ennio Morricone tune, the music by Tape, the vocals by Tenniscoats and Nikaido. Open-hearted and full of puckish spirit, Papa's Ear is an album of great tenderness and warm friendship.
- 日が昇る / Higa Noboru / The Sun Rises (2022 Remaster)
- ひこうき / Hikoki / Airplane (2022 Remaster)
- 空気の底 / Kuki No Soko / The Bottom of the Air (2022 Remaster)
- パパイヤ / Papaya (2022 Remaster)
- さっぽろんどん / Sappolondon (2022 Remaster)
- ニュー・シーズンズ・デッド / New Seasons Dead (2022 Remaster)
- ポー・フローデン / På Floden / On the River (2022 Remaster)
- 砂漠 / Sabaku / Desert (2022 Remaster)
- 誕生日の予感 / Tanjobi No Yokan / Expectation of Birth (2022 Remaster)
- 濁る空気わるくない / Nigor / Cloudy Air Is Not So Bad (2022 Remaster)
- Come Maddalena (2022 Remaster)
- ルーティー・ルーティー / Lutie Lutie (2022 Remaster)