LISTEN: FUJIYA & MIYAGI – “SOLITAIRE”
The record’s new single is “Solitaire,” which takes F&M’s mix of synthpop and krautrock to fizzy new heights.”
– Brooklyn Vegan
“The Brighton-based outfit sluice together Krautrock, wonky electronics, and left-field pop tendencies, a molten mixture that flies deliriously in several directions at once.” – Clash
“…this Brighton, England-based band serve up impossibly cool krautrock grooves and stylish, Moog-synth hooks from the Gary Numan playbook.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Extended Dance Mix” toes the line between futurism and nihilism, a steady spaceship beat pulsing in the background while David Best makes spoken word observation after observation about aging in a world like this one.” – All Things Go
Brooklyn Vegan has announced the new ‘Self-Titled’ LP from Fujiya & Miyagi. The announcement was accompanied by a new single entitled “Solitaire”. When speaking about the new release frontman David Best says, “The album is a really strong resistance to societies compulsion to suck the energy out of everything. It’s a really good thing to provide an antidote to all the scary stuff that is going on, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.” The new LP will be out 4/7 on Impossible Objects Of Desire.
Preorder the ‘Self-Titled’ LP here.
Many musical projects approaching almost two decades of existence begin to shows signs of stagnation or perhaps start to crook their neck as looking over their shoulder becomes a more common stance than focusing on the horizon. However, for the Brighton-based, genre-hopping, Fujiya & Miyagi the opposite can be said as they see in 2017 by wrapping up a unique year-long musical project that represents one of their most adventurous to date.
Two EPs join a third to make up this album, a carefully staged project that sees the group traverse disco, electro, pop, and the now synonymous 1970s Germany-inspired groove they so seamlessly ooze. Whilst the EPs all contain a distinct personality and fluidity of their own, the new dynamically focused position of the tracks as a full album embodies a long-term plan. “From the beginning I have always thought of this as an album rather than three separate records” Singer David Best says.
The now melded album is a vast one stylistically with influences and references that span from Arthur Russell to JG Ballard, yet the undercurrent that connects it all into one universal groove is one of honesty and joy, a surging sense of euphoria and hope that attempts to cut through the foggy world that welcomes its release. “On this album I have tried lyrically to find the positives and not rely on my factory setting of a general contempt for the world around me.” Best says.
The positivity and propulsive energy of the record is not only carried by its natural rhythm, lyrics and sparkling melodies but is also a reaction. “The album is a really strong resistance to societies compulsion to suck the energy out of everything. It’s a really good thing to provide an antidote to all the scary stuff that is going on, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.” Best says, although the album proves to be more than a five-minute distraction and more like a 45min escape.
Fujiya & Miyagi – 2017 Tour Dates
Sat 08-Apr DE Berlin Urban Spree
Wed 19-Apr FR Lyon Le Razzle
Thu 20-Apr FR Montpellier Le Rockstore
Fri 21-Apr FR Bordeaux iBoat
Sat 22-Apr FR Saint Ouen MOFO Festival, Mains d’Oeuvres
Fujiya & Miyagi – S/T tracklist
01. Magnesium Flares
02. Serotonin Rushes
04. To The Last Beat of My Heart
05. Extended Dance Mix
06. Outstripping (The Speed of Light)
08. Freudian Slips
09. Impossible Objects of Desire
10. Synthetic Symphonies