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Kira Kira Disc Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
9:24 PM: What the hell is this? What's with this pink cover with the silly Japanese Anime looking creatures on it? I hope this isn't some happy Japanese psych-rock

9:27 PM: What the hell is this?

9:27:34 PM: Oh my God. I never believed something like this could exist. It's…It's…It's twee IDM!

9:28 PM: I knew Florida cultivated some twisted freaks but who does this James White character think he is anyway? Wait, he did all the artwork for the record too. You can't do this. This music is not legitimate. This artwork is quasi-scary in an Oompa Loompa, child's nightmare, taking a hit of liquid acid and getting on Disney Land's "It's A Small World After All" ride kind of way.

9:29 PM: Wait a minute… does all that mean there are some sort of pedophilia overtones here… no, no… I'm reading way to far into this thing.

9:31 PM: Do I like this? There is no way I like this. That last melody was pretty damn catchy though… but it sounds like a video game… but it sounds like a video game I would have played. I could have dug this as the soundtrack to Gunstar Hereos on my old Sega Genesis.

9:32 PM: Wait. I do not fucking like this; my critical reputation is at stake here.

9:32:17 PM: I need a beer.

9:34 PM: Why haven't I turned this off yet. Ok, time to read the press sheet and see if that will put the bullet in head of my kitty-cat's curiosity.

9:35 PM: Did I just use a curious cat metaphor? Jesus what is happening to me? Hmmh, this is KiraKira Disc's first release.

9:47 PM: I do not like this. But those arrangements are really awesome. The tempos shift at just the right time, the melodies stick, the use of melodic counterpoint is fantastic. Oh, Jesus… I think I'm starting to like it.

9:49 PM: I wonder if Jason has any rolls.

9:50: [overheard from phone conversation] No, man. There's no party. I was just gonna go ahead and stock up for this weekend. Huh? The music? No, no, I'm not playing a video game. It's… It's nothing… just forget it. Listen, how much you want?

10:12 PM: [in the midst of a repeat listen] ahhh… the sounds have pretty colors! I need another beer.

10:45 PM: I'm now writing a legally binding letter that states that if I am ever caught listening to this record around any of my hipster friends that I am hereby sentenced to death by being soaked in milk and licked by kittens until their saliva starts to slowly cause the deterioration of my epidermis. Upon completion of said deterioration I am to be stung by thousands of happy summertime bees.

Signed,

Reviewed by Mark Skipper
Mark Skipper currently resides in Nashville, TN where he can be found skipping shows, drinking Guinness, making bad home recordings, and complaining about how much music sucks these days.

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