Plus-Tech Squeeze Box

Fakevox

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Plus-Tech Squeeze Box demonstrate their command of the musical motifs of the Shibuya kei genre and seamlessly incorporate them into their own techno-pop style, with their catchy songwriting style a lead feature in the creation of the neo Shibuya kei subgenre. Fakevox covers a wide range of sounds and does a good job of incorporating Plus-Tech Squeeze Box's eclectic musical tastes into a single recorded production, but as a first album, it also leaves itself open to charges of self-indulgence, with tracks like "Test Room" providing meandering electronic filler to an otherwise melody-orientated pop album. "Early Riser" is the lead track off the album thanks to its connection with British TV series Adam & Joe Go Tokyo, bit it's also a notable track for it's combination of pop-punk song structure, contemporary techno-pop recording techniques, and quirky intermissions. The second half of the album is heavily oriented towards techno-pop-styled pop songs, but lacks the originality and intensity that marks the best work of Plus-Tech Squeeze Box, with songs like "Clover" demonstrating the more subdued side of the band's work but earlier tracks like "A Day in the Radio" providing a more accurate representation of the group's music.

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