Monday, August 2, 2010

Cruyff in the Bedroom - Saudargia (2008)

And another shogaze post. Much like the circumstances of their formation, Cruyff in the Bedroom has a lot of field to play with here. Formed in the year of Japan was announced to host a World Cup and named after soccer/football legend Johan Cruyff, this Japanese band, although certainly encapsulating the thick atmosphere that defines shoegaze, does a lot to try to create a sound that works as their own. While this album is certainly dominated by the fuzzy guitars and walls of sound, there are plenty of moments to lose those shackles. Frequently they slide to a softer soothing sound, occasionally they add somewhat of an "electric rock" feel or maybe falling towards Shibuya-kei, and with the very good Hakuchume, as well as it's following song, a section of orchestrated strings bring a welcome change.
A bit interesting shoegaze album, and there are certainly some nice tracks abound. I definitely feel that the standout is comes from the third track, Hakuchume, as it starts with hectic, fuzzy guitars and it falls into lush strings, but this is an album with several very strong tracks, ranging from fuzzy pop hits to wonderfully executed shoegazing that we all know.

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to work soccer into it, but the pitch is quite large.

    My mom said it was clever...