Japanese Television are a psychedelic space-surf band influenced by the likes of Hawkwind and King Gizzard. This does-what-it-says-on-the-tin release collects together their long sold out first EPs and adds in tracks from a Marc Riley session. Expect heavy motorik rock and sunny day surf on an album that serves as a nice stop gap before they furnish us with a debut LP. 

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EP I & EP II Plus The Marc Riley BBC 6 Music Session by Japanese Television
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7/10 Will 26 February 2020

Something for the BBC 6 Music chin-strokers here: it’s a collection of Japanese Television’s first two EPs and a session recorded for Marc Riley in 2019. Although these songs aren’t reinventing the wheel, it’s still nice to hear propulsive psych in the vein of old favourites like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Oh Sees, with a clear lineage stretching back to Can, Amon Duul, and Neu!. 

Where this record really comes alive is in the sessions for the aforementioned BBC 6 Music. Marc, I don’t know what you put in their Fantas but Japanese Televisions seem far more vital and dynamic, dare I say at home, on these cuts. The colours are just that bit more vivid and the whole thing feels a tad more exciting. Live sessions can be so hit and miss but Japanese Television really pull it out of the bag on the blistering versions of 'Crocodile Dentist' and 'Bloodworm'. 

The band are already on their way to 6 Music stardom but I think the real test will be their debut record, whenever that may be. Their EPs have laid a solid foundation and they need to find their own niche in what is already a pretty crowded psych market to properly progres. All eyes on you, Japanese Television.




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