The male-female duo is a real gem in the whole music scene, playing a very refined and detailed form of art pop influenced by both modern and past sounds of many genres, where the delicate voices of the two artists blend with songs made of a huge amount of creativity. Each track seems different from the previous one, but somehow everything sounds coherent and homogeneous, even though there lots of unexpected changes throughout the album. Take “Pa.Pa.La.Pa.” for example, with its bouncy rhythm and generally positive feeling, which then turns into a disharmonic and slightly creepy tune.
A bit of grotesque charm is present here and there indeed, but it’s a minor element; The Picture Show Of Chronic Déjà Vu dwells mostly between upbeat and intimate emotions and makes use of them to shape their songs. Cinema And Boy CQ prefer to surprises us through strictly musical ideas, and if we talk about surprises we must mention the smooth transition from the coziness of “THE FLY” to the more dynamic “こと映画に関しては” (Koto Eigani Kanshiteha), both incorporating a lot of jazz music, although focusing on different aspects of the genre.
There is a lot of stuff going on to enrich the songs, like blues-rockish electric guitars and a brass section coming out of nowhere, both combined with a funky beat, a Latin-American acoustic guitar and catchy vocal lines; and it’s amazing that everything mentioned in this last sentence happens in one song, namely the ninth track unsurprisingly titled “No. 9”. There is also a nice disco/funk touch in “E.T.weekend”, while “Bird Watching” draws a bit from the haziest side of hip-hop; moreover, modern EDM elements come in “メカニカル／デートプラン” (Mechanical – Dating Plan) and in the more synth/city pop oriented “クロニックデジャヴの電影と少年CQ” (Gessekairyokou), but you’ll find out that electronic music is present throughout the whole album in small quantities.
You’d think that all of this would be enough to make a good release, but Cinema And Boy CQ have more stuff in store for us. “悪い奴ほどよく眠る” (Warui Yatsuhodo Yoku Nemuru) unexpectedly features an atmosphere you’d think to find in a French noir movie mixed with a complex electronic beat and a chaotic guitar solo toward the end; on the other hand, “Bubble Ballet” is more ethereal, but manages to add a piano solo straight from the beginning of the 20th century.
What else would you want in this album? A ballad, maybe? Of course there is a ballad too. “apple yard” is a slow and intimate song with acoustic guitars and nostalgic synths, where the vocals of the two artists sing together in an almost lullaby-like way, drawing you to a dreamlike world; a perfect way to take two birds with one stone, putting once again something unexpected and also creating some breaking space in the middle of the tracklist.
Despite all these surprises and weird elements, the songs manage to sound really easy to listen and you’ll find yourself repeating some of them many and many times. This is just another of proof of how awesome this album is, being able to shape all those ideas in an accessible form without restricting its own creativity.
All in all, Cinema And Boy CQ made an insanely good work, capable of being both catchy and unconventional at the same time. If you enjoy this kind of stuff, do yourself a favor and go listen to The Picture Show Of Chronic Déjà Vu right now.
|Artist:||電影と少年CQ (Cinema And Boy CQ)|
|Album:||クロニックデジャヴのピクチャーショウ (The Picture Show Of Chronic Déjà Vu)|