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Tokyo Witch Hunt – Eclectic Electric review

Eclectic Electric Album cover











Barnsley’s (don’t let that put you off) foremost electronic band have finally got round to releasing their debut album. We may be a little biased here at D.E.F. but we think it’s an absolute corker.

Entirely written, produced,  arranged, recorded, mastered, promoted et al  by musical force of nature Izzie Kirk, and she’s done it spot on.

It’s a constant annoyance when artists come up with and idea for a song and turn it into an album (we’re looking at you Gary Numan). Fortunate then that this album offers a delightful array of colourful soundscapes . Kicking off with the lighter touch of quirky pop opener Light Show, going through the slow and subtle (shall we say eclectic?) Hours and Days and finishing with the euphorically galactic  (Here Is) The Light.

While the album never fails to be thrilling in some way at any point there are certain moments which we feel are stand out points.  The track Hours and Days remains a firm favourite here for its stunning artistry.  It is quiet, subtle and wonderfully inventive. An almost tribal beat and dual vocal lines create a dark mystery and give rise to swirling colours and shapes in the mind. In quite the opposite direction (though no less artistic) is Burn Down which is utterly irresistible dance floor material. It’s so driving it’s impossible to keep still whilst it’s on. Control Freak deserves special mention for some sublime melody work in the chorus and instrumental. There are some perfect note sequences there. Note sequences that just feel so incredibly right and they do SOMETHING to your body and you just know it. When these sequences come in they offer such expansion to the soundscape.Izzie Kirk

Also of particular note are the arrangements in the album. The songs are often quite densely packed with sounds but yet Izzie somehow manages to balance everything out and stop it becoming a cacophany. Everything is clear and in its place.  Which is a lot harder than you may think and many people may take this for granted. Not us. We marvel at all those different sounds all living in harmony with each other. Also the songs structures are a fascinating departure from the fairly typical verse/chorus idea. Often starting on an intro piece which never gets repeated in the song’s main theme (such as light show). Just goes to display what an incredible creative force we’re dealing with here.

If we have to be at all negative we’d have to say we’d edit out Girl Star and Wasted and probably pair them up as a single or some such. It’s not to say they aren’t very good but they don’t seem to fit the journey on which the album takes us It doesn’t stop us wholeheartedly recommending you buy this album.

Which you can either by going to a Tokyo Witch Hunt gig and picking up a CD in person or perhaps buying it on Itunes, Bandcamp or perhaps Amazon. It doesn’t matter which. Just buy it.

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Introducing D.E.F.

For far too long the guitar has reigned supreme in the live music circuit. It’s time for a change. Electronic music is coming back with a vengeance. Some people seem to consider it old fashioned and restricted to the 1980s but what’s more old fashioned than using a guitar? For one night each month in Doncaster you’ll be able to avoid those horrible bands that thrash away at their drum kits hitting the cymbals all the time whilst raucous guitar solos widdle on for 5 minutes. The sonic palette of electronic music is much more broad and exciting.

The night isn’t restricted to one particular style of electronic music either, we’ll be covering anything from experimental through synthpop to industrial and punk-tanz.

We’ve got an amazing line up of bands ready and waiting to be part of this. People who’ve struggled for too long in the shadow of boring guitar bands. Now free at last to be properly appreciated on their own terms.

This site while mainly for the D.E.F. music night, will cover electronic music in general, aiming to promote those bands that we intend to put on for your enjoyment.

There will be gig reviews, release reviews, new discoveries and of course details of forthcoming events.

Synth Yorkshire will rise once more!

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