Guardian Song of the Week: Buddy Girl and Mechanic, “A Very Ordinary Day”

This week’s pickup for The Guardian’s music from around the world guest blogging series is an ambient Kraut-blues psychedelic pop trip from one of Tokyo’s best new bands.

One of the best Japanese albums of the year was the self-titled debut by Buddy Girl and Mechanic, a Tokyo-based psychedelic pop quartet whose distinctive combination of Krautrock and sultry, ambient blues melodies has marked them at once as a band to watch but also served to hold them separate from any of the close-knit scenes that make up Tokyo’s Balkanised indie landscape.

Released as part of Japanese net label Ano(t)raks’ B.V.D.A. birthday compilation, Buddy Girl and Mechanic’s take on the birthday theme is typically dark and opaque with references to the atomic bomb and Hitler coming at you right from the get go. The group’s familiar musical motifs are also clearly on display, with a metronomic guitar and subtle but insistent drum pattern forming the song’s spine, embellished with occasional crashes of clattering guitar noise. The core dynamic that runs through both this song and the group’s whole catalogue is a tension between this mechanical rhythmical sense and the fluid melodies that float over the top. This juxtaposition of elements is embodied by frontwoman Xiroh herself, whose simple two-note keyboard threaten to give the song an almost technopop feel, while her sultry vocals insist on the organic.

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3 responses to “Guardian Song of the Week: Buddy Girl and Mechanic, “A Very Ordinary Day”

  1. I’m really loving this band. As a new visitor to your blog, I have a question which is both specific to this article and not: can you recommend me a place where I can (pay to!) download this album, and others? I try not to shop at Amazon and iTunes et al unless I have to…

    Thanks a lot!

    Nick

    • Hey there, thanks for reading. If you don’t want to do iTunes, the only option is to import the CD from Japan as far as I can work out. I can put you in touch with the band if you want and maybe they’d be able to make some arrangement for you. Given the price of Japanese CDs, iTunes is cheaper by many orders of magnitude than importing though.

  2. Pingback: Top 20 Releases of 2013: No.4 – Buddy Girl and Mechanic – Buddy Girl and Mechanic | Clear And Refreshing

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