Pizzicato Five

Darlin' of Discotheque

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With barely six months between the release of The International Playboy and Playgirl Record and this EP, one would have though Yasuharu Konishi was tapping his creative well dry, but on the contrary, this EP of four songs marks a further evolution in sound for the group, highlighted by an 11-and-a-half minute psychedelic carpet of a title song. Konishi slowly builds a groove with sitars, strings, a drum loop, and some sampled "ziggy za" vocals until, much later, Maki Nomiya breaks into song (it's too bad she's mixed so low). "Tout Tout Pour Ma Cherie," a cover of a Michel Polnareff song, is rendered into manic Euro-disco, and "12345678910 Barbie Dolls" is hook laden silliness, Konishi's tribute to Maki's collection of Barbies.

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