Lä-Ppisch

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A five-track mini-album with guitarist Kyoichi Sugimoto taking over all the songwriting duties. Though the delicate melodies of Gen Ueda are missed, the five tracks feature Lä-Ppisch's more rocking persona. Of interest here is the strange acoustic version of "Alarm Clock," which rescues the tune from the muddled arrangement on Karakuri House, turning it into a space cowboy lament. The closing "Jack's Blues" takes a quirky, sideways glimpse at "A Shot in the Dark" (a favorite Henry Mancini cover for ska bands everywhere) and caps the album, raging away.