Draco

Enter the Draco

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Though Draco share some qualities with Japanese bands like Cibo Matto and Buffalo Daughter, there are some substantial differences. First, lush sound is not a focus for Draco, and they ultimately seem a bit closer to the sound of lo-fi indie rock. Though the record contains samples and drum machines, Enter the Draco is a simple and straightforward pop album based around traditional guitar sounds (played by producer and multi-instrumentalist Naoki Morimoto) with a minimum of sonic experimentation. Second, Draco do little to warrant the "cute" tag that follows so many J-pop bands. Singer and keyboardist Miyuki Osawa has a rich, full voice that never chirps, and in terms of phrasing she has more in common with Rickie Lee Jones than Miho Hatori. In any event, this somewhat inconsistent debut marks Draco as an indie pop band to listen for. "If You Want to Mek It" is a fantastically catchy, upbeat pop song that would sound great on hit radio, and has an undeniable chorus hook. "Buttercut" sounds a lot like prime Luscious Jackson, with a street-wise drum pattern, acoustic guitar riffing inspired by Brazilian music, and confident singing. There is worrisome filler on this 37-minute album (two tracks are merely "bonus beat" reprises), but Enter the Draco has some great moments for fans of indie pop.

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