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If you've been waiting for a jazzier, more atmospheric Blankey Jet City, then Ajico is your dream come true.

Combine Kenichi Asai's loaming guitar with UA's beautifully deep voice, and I'm sailing through the clouds on an airship that feels like it's going to both sink and explode at the same time. If you were wondering, that's a wonderful thing in my book.

I first sought out this record because of the BJC connection, but quickly grew to appreciate Ajico's first album, [Fukamidori], entirely on its own merits. In fact, since I bought it almost 3 months ago, it's been constantly in my top 10 CD rotation, thanks to the solid, bass heavy instrumentation and UA's jazzy attack, combined with the usual Kenichi Asai greatness.

In short, if you think of Blankey Jet City as neo-Pixies sans Kim Deal, then Ajico feels like a darker Black Francis heavy neo-Breeders, with a touch of Portishead for good measure.

Which is a roundabout way of saying that loaming, quieter tracks like [Fukamidoi], [Lake] and [Kagerou Song] intermix with rockier fare such as [Utsukushi Koto], [Garage Drive] and [Freedom], to produce one of the best albums of 2001 thus far. You have been warned.

Make sure to check out my Blankey Jet City and Sherbets pages for more, related greatness.

ajico

Kenichi Asai: Vocals, Guitar
UA: Vocals, Tambourine
Tokie: Upright Bass, Electric Bass
Kyoichi Shiino: Drums, Percussion

 

 

New Live Album Out 7.25.2001!

Show

[Show]
Speedstar VICL-60761~62

I'm simply too lucky these days. I'm not sure if I even deserve this 2 CD collection of live Ajico greatness, but I'll take it! It showcases 16 songs from [Fukamidori] and other great sources (including [Pepin] from the single listed below), and even comes with a neato sticker of the cover image. JM recommends this.

New Single Out 6.27.2001!

Pepin/Sunny

[Pepin/Sunny]
Speedstar VICL-35281

Oh yeah! Blankey Jet City [Pepin] and Bobby Hebb [Sunny] squeezed through the live and rockin' Ajico sponge. Plus, put it in your computer, and you have a short QuickTime presentation of Ajico in concert. It's good and good for you, plus you get to see UA in action.

JM = Junk Magnet has this

Fukamidori

1st Single:
[Fukamidori]
Speedstar VICL-35187
11.22.2000

Utsukushi Koto

2nd Single:
[Utsukushi Koto]
Speedstar VICL-35226
1.24.2001

Fukamidori

1st Album:
[Fukamidori] JM
Speedstar VICL-60686
2.7.2001

Pepin/Sunny

3rd Single:
[Pepin/Sunny] JM
Speedstar VICL-35281
6.27.2001

Shoe

2nd Album (Live, 2CDs):
[Show] JM
Speedstar VICL-60761~62
7.25.2001

music

ajico

6.1.2006

Official Page [J]
Go Here First

Kuimba [J]
Unofficial Fan Site

Ajico Island [J]
Attractive Fan Site

Ajico [J]
Good Fan Site

Ajico [J]
Small Fan Site

Ajico [J]
Neat Line Drawings

 

UA Links

Official Page [J]
Go Here First

UA @ Aloha [J]
Very Useful

UA P@tio [E]
Tons of Links, Info

 

TOKIE Links

Official Page [J]
Go Here First

Tribe Rize [J]
Unofficial Fan Site

 

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