Friday, July 14, 2006

Shingetsu ''Shingetsu (New Moon)'' (Japanese Prog-Rock 1979)

Fans of 70's prog may find many of the sounds on this album somewhat familiar, reminiscent for example of Hackett and Fripp guitars, and certainly Kitayama's (vocal) stage presence gives a firm nod to Peter Gabriel's performances. But, although Shingetsu themselves will admit to being fans of groups such as Genesis and King Crimson, (and how can that be a bad thing!) although they do share sonic similarities it does not prevent Shingetsu from carving out a prog niche all their own.
Although sung entirely in Japanese, and therefore ostensibly less accessible to the Western prog fan, ''Shingetsu'' will reward close study, of both the lyrics and music. Quintissentially Japanese, but somehow simultaneously universal, the lyric matter of ''Shingetsu'' (''New Moon'' in English) is all about capturing moments in life and nature; situations and feelings that we have all encountered but perhaps never yet articulated. The beautiful ''Other Side Of Morning'' captures perfectly the sensation of stillness and the almost dreamlike quality of a quiet dawn, with ethereal 12-string guitars and a melody rife with nostalgia, sadness and yet hope. ''Fragments Of The Dawn'' is again another beauty, opening with a searing guitar and seriously funky bassline, quickly segueing into a blissful vocal melody, guitars and mellotron, combining with the lyrics to capture a still moment of meditative contemplation.
But Shingetsu are by no means whimsical prog nancy-boys. They can rock out with the best of them, as proven in the first track, ''Oni'', a saga named after a demon, concerning fear and confusion, and also in ''Night Collector'' with its furious drumtastic energy. Even if you can't understand the lyrics, Shingetsu's music plus Kitayama's voice seen solely as another instrument in the mix, are more than enough to highly recommend this wonderful album.

1. Oni
2. The Other Side Of Morning
3. Influential Street
4. Afternoon ~ After The Rain
5. Fragments Of The Dawn
6. Freeze
7. Night Collector
8. Return Of The Night

10 Comments:

Blogger Dirk said...

this must be good

14 July, 2006 18:36  
Blogger Ronan Jimson said...

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17 July, 2006 21:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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20 July, 2006 09:17  
Anonymous ぬきぽん said...

これまた「新月」とは
まにやっくな・・・w ( ゚∀゚)

「名盤」本なんかでも あんまり取り上げられられないし
自分もちっこい紹介記事見た記憶があるだけでした
多分こういう機会でも無いと、まず手を出すことの無かったバンドなので ありがたいです。

最近よく日本モノのうpを見かけるので
日本のロックもけっこう人気あるんだな
なかなか捨てたもんじゃないね~
・・とか思ってたら
こちらは日本人さんでしたか(*´ω`*)

日本語でコメントさせていただきましたが
他の国の方が読むことも考えると
英語にしたほうが良かったでしょうか?

22 July, 2006 21:52  
Anonymous Sins We Can't Absolve said...

Thanks for this album, sounds real good

18 March, 2007 03:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the re-post!

Eric

19 March, 2007 17:28  
Anonymous barna said...

はじめました。。。
Great record !!!.. the firsts seconds remember me the "Flamenco rock" made in Spain in the 60's and 70's. here 2 groups:

Medina Azahara (some tracks: http://vagos.es/showthread.php?t=134560)

Triana (http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=828)

15 April, 2007 05:31  
Anonymous barna said...

はじめました。。。
I hope you enjoy with hteses videos about the spanish group TRIANA (rock andaluz):
Abre la puerta (open the door): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzP1zv6hsFQ

En el lago (on the lake): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5Cb3FOrHNI

Recuerdos de una noche ():http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkayKaMyDZs

19 April, 2007 04:38  
Anonymous barna said...

TRIANA, hijos del agobio 1977.
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/20540426/__1977___triana_hijos_del_agobio.rar.html

24 April, 2007 18:09  
Anonymous You said...

The great Shingetsu!

24 August, 2009 19:18  

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