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Cosmic Voyage

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This pleasant release again shows the gifts of Ryuji Tsuneyoshi on at once gently uplifting and deliciously down indie-synth-pop/rock, for lack of a better term. "I'm in Dream" leads things off, his softly distorted vocals riding what sounds like a theme song for a "to the stars!" documentary from decades past played on more modern instruments, with sparkling keyboard tones a-plenty. It's a gorgeous fusion of styles that starts Cosmic Voyage on a smart and appropriate note. Other songs reflect the influence of everything from the Beach Boys to New Order and back again, often within the space of a bar. "Waiting for the Sun" isn't a Doors cover, but another lovely track -- however, there is a remake elsewhere. "Friday I'm in Love," a big pop hit for the Cure in 1992, gets a dreamy workover that doesn't vary too much from pace in the original, but has a fuzzy overlay of keyboards and other synth tones that comes up with plenty of charm. The CD version of the EP includes two remixes of "I'm in Dream" as a bonus from James Figurine and Jr. Varsity KM.

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