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Gaijin Blues II

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  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Gaijin Blues II. You get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases November 15, 2019

      £8 GBP  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition black vinyl LP pressing of Gaijin Blues debut full length recording!

    Includes digital pre-order of Gaijin Blues II. You get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around November 15, 2019
    edition of 500 

      £18.99 GBP or more 

     

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Bahamut (The Town Provider)
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04:51
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Mementos (Prison)
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Mako Energy
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Leaving Schwarzwelt
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about

“These are complex, moving compositions focused on evoking a sense of grandeur” - Bandcamp

"Gaijin Blues have an incredibly unique outlook on making music: Japanese sampling has rarely been used more creatively" - Tina Edwards (Worldwide FM)

"Awesome! What a trip" – Fulgeance (Musique Large, First Word)

"Gaijin Blues are continuing to go from strength to strength with their production and dancefloor rhythmical approach!" – Jay Scarlett (Puls Radio, Sounds Supreme)

"Solid" – Mathieu Schreyer (KCWR, Netflix)

"Superb - enjoying this" – Jonathan Brent (Dusk Dubs)

Inspired by Japanese Role Playing Games, Super Nintendo and some serious hours playing Dragon Quest V, Final Fantasy VI, VII and IX, and Phantasy Star IV. This an LP of samples, live instrumentation and programming as a love note that you’d never find inside a video game box...until now.

Gaijin Blues II takes you a step further. With this LP the band have created their own fictional JRPG, an end to end narrative with the music weaved around it all. Even the back cover is a homage to a classic video game magazine, designed by Tom Miller in the style of a walkthrough of the "game", detailing how to get through each chapter/track.

In the words of the creators themselves: “This is a sequel to a story you’ve never experienced. You are the protagonist who is coming back home to see his world completely changed by seemingly harmless technology. Each track is a chapter in this tale. Collect the items, gather a party and use your wit and imagination to find out the truth. Because technology usually comes at a price…”

This about as conceptual as it gets: where a brand new story matched with an audio narrative meet together in a fictional world. In terms of electronic music that doesn’t happen often. Gaijin Blues II is a truly unique record whether you’ve ever owned a console or not.

Gaijin Blues’s live performance mixes MPC’s, drum machines and synths with loopers, live flutes and percussion. They have caught the attention of some of the UK’s biggest names in electronic music. They’ve opened for Anchorsong and were hand-picked by Romare to support him at London’s Jazz Cafe. In November 2019 they’ll be opening for Actress and Amon Tobin.

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releases November 15, 2019

Written, produced and performed by Paweł Klimczak and Michał Szczepaniec

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Gaijin Blues Wrocław, Poland

Gaijin Blues are Naphta and PlayStation Yoga Music. Driven by an exploration of Japanese music and video games, Gaijin Blues pulls from traditional music, fusion jazz, and disco to create a unique texture using found sound and live instrumentation.

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