Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Genie High – Katame De Ijyou Ni Koishiteru

Members of previous Jukebox faves create J-rock supergroup, become slightly less of a fave…


Juana Giaimo: This is a true supergroup: you can really listen to the math-rock style of Tricot while you can also hear the paradise-like harmonies of Gesu no Kiwami Otome along with some jazzy vibes. Genie High knows really how to paint  a pleasing landscape in sounds. 

Ryo Miyauchi: Out of all of Enon Kawatani’s twitchy jazz-rock projects, Genie High so far seems the most sincere by good measure. Tricot singer Ikkyu Nakajima harbors a crush she can’t physically contain, and she mends it by confessing it into a song. Hearing the chorus that resorts to a countdown cliche, or her breaking the fourth wall mid song, you don’t need to know the bitter moods surrounding the other projects to know “Katame De” is a rather innocent take on adult love by Kawatani.

Will Adams: The studied energy is nice, as is the highly rhythmic arrangement — like a hundred little threads woven together — until the band indulges in a jazzy interlude that gets tangled in itself.

Nortey Dowuona: Sharp, rattling piano and smooth, plucking drums buoy a shimmering guitar, and the low-key, nearly invisible bass sets up the bridge for Ikkiyu Nakajima, who flips in and out of the song as the piano, bass, guitar and drums spring forward and prowl in front of their cage, before Nakajima returns to pry the bars open and let the song free.

Katherine St Asaph: Straightforward, bass-heavy rock that gives way periodically — and on the bridge — extendedly — to a froth of piano, percussion and voice. I prefer the latter, perhaps because I’ve been saturated the past few years with disco bass.

Thomas Inskeep: I like the way this is mostly driven by piano, and how the drums go a bit disco-y in the chorus, but apart from those elements this is fairly bland pop-rock, kinda like if Ben Folds Five had a female vocalist. There’s some good stuff here, just not enough of it.

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