Iyaiyaenn: Pants no Hakikata

Pants no Hakikata

Download, self-released, 2014

Iyaiyaenn’s softly sung, quirky, piano-led nursery rhyme pop is in a lot of ways deeply representative of the spirit of its generation, skirting clear of both the mainstream and anything that might be seen as a clear criticism of the mainstream. It’s a small sphere of immediate reality wrapped up in a cocoon of whimsy: a cosy, prettily decorated little inner-sanctum for people who want to escape from the world.

While in other hands, this could seem a contrived pose or schtick, there’s a disarming and thoroughly straightforward charm to Iyaiyaenn. This charm is reflected in tunes themselves, which are simple yet intricate, Eri “Peropon” Horibe’s piano adding a graceful embroidery to the childlike melodies. For all the air of naivety the band evoke, there’s undeniable musical skill and songwriting talent in these four songs, and never at the expense of letting you feel at home.

At the moment, this EP only seems to be available as a download card purchased from the band directly at their shows, although much of it seems to be around to listen in one place or another, albeit not always in the same version.

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