Air on the Wiring

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Air on the Wiring follows in the tradition of all-electronic, utterly bleepy pop work with near-classical composition -- think of Kraftwerk, of course, but also national antecedents to this Japanese group, like Magical Power Mako's synth experiments and Cornelius' cut-up themes ("2001," "Magoo Opening"). The eight tracks on Air on the Wiring stay entirely in the high frequency upper ranges of synth electronics, favoring speedy reworkings of Western classical music to stretched-out drones or pads. The result is a bright, new-wavey, and entirely appealing collection of beeps and burbles. As mentioned, anyone who's not entirely familiar with the Japanese scene but has heard Cornelius tracks like "2001" (or any other Shibuya-kei compositions in this vein) will know exactly where P-Model is headed on this fantastic release.