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Hiroki plays "machines" and Minori supplies the vocals and guitar. They don’t seem committed to any one style, except that it all sounds like a dreamily stoned soundtrack to a series of multicoloredminimovies that float by in a hazy flowing progression of captivating imaginations in full flower. Radiating their neon ghostly glowing, and genre leaping tripped-hop soul pop nearly Lusciously Jacksonian, but never so funky or hyper. Cibo Matto maybe, but even more madly stoned and poppy. It’s almost lazy, moving in slow shimmering waves, deeply seductive grooves, dub-skeletal pulsings, rich melodic folk-pop structures extended into new territories of luxury and ease. Unslick and nearly transparent like a beautifully delicate insect held up to the sunlight, and not unlike a female voiced Japanese Hood on at least a track or two, but it’s never in the same place for long, and though the menu keeps shifting, it’s all so damn good, crazy good, like a fox crazy, like pop genius flow. Pop-Off Tuesday, where gentle experimentalism can come right up to the sweet swirling pop surface and take a long deep breath while looking you right in the eyes. Truly incredible! [George Parsons]

Discography

'Pop Ahoy!' CD
(Pickled Egg Records Egg 40CD)

"Musically, the album pitches you into a carnival whirl of pop, suffused with psychedelia in its many contemporary guises. Like Cornelius, the duo handle samples and noises like they were exciting new toys. Multiplying shiny washes of electronic overdubs, hypnotic, repetitve melodies and harmonious vocals, they trap listeners in a shimmering 'hall of mirrors' effect, where electronic fanfares harmonise with simple guitar licks and industrial niose. Their new daring pays off in the album's shameless fusion of dub, krautrock, triphop, 60's pop and electronica. The duo's method of coping with all this madness is to ingest it while keeping it whole. They blindly fuse the traditional and the contemporary in the same spirit of boundless optimism for its positive outcome. That spirit is Japanese pop's gift to the world" [Felix Cemmell, The Wire]

'Helicopter' (MP3)
'Sapo' (MP3)
'6/8 Sutra' (MP3)
'Galaxie' (MP3)

Download Pop Ahoy! from eMusic
Listen to Pop Ahoy! on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

'Pop Ahoy!' LP
(Pickled Egg Records Egg 40LP)

"Pop Ahoy! Pop Art ahoy! Art-pop ahoy! This should be the soundtrack to 'Blow Up'. Non-sequiturs, weird juxtapositions, the Sixties, the past, the future, the art, the edge, the pop, the underground, the beauty, the intensity, the love, the brilliant, glorious messy simultaneous confusion and order. What does it sound like? Like dub, like pop, like Liz Cocteau, like pop, like Stereolab, like pop, like drill'n'bass like pop, like funk, like pop, like jazz, like pop. Like everything and nothing else on earth" [Jimmy Possession, Careless Talk]

"Pop-Off Tuesday play music not too far from where Mahar Shahal Hash Baz, Nico, Camberwick Green and Tom Waits coalesce" [Everett True, Careless Talk]

'Helicopter' (MP3)
'Sapo' (MP3)
'6/8 Sutra' (MP3)
'Galaxie' (MP3)

Download Pop Ahoy! from eMusic
Listen to Pop Ahoy! on Last.fm


UK: £9.00


EU: €15.50


US: $21.00

'Helicopter' 7"
(Pickled Egg records Egg 37)

"I hear breakbeats! Yet on the turntable is a 7" single from Japan's innovative pop duo Pop Off Tuesday. 'Helicopter' excels in impact, and in brevity. Multi-instrumentalist Hiroki builds a thick structure from possibly mid 80's New York rap beats, over which the dream-like vocals of Minori work like eerie vapours. The attraction of 'Helicopter' stems from its mystery. Pop Off Tuesday is about the beauty in the odd" [Maarten Schiethart, Pennyblackmusic]

"It’s like this. Hiroki is an octopoid sonic chef equipped with only one piece of equipment: a Moulinex blender wired crazily to a DAT recorder. He is largely in control of 4 of his arms, but the remaining quartet are liable to do whatever they please. This typically involves stuffing loads of extra samples into the brew that Hiroki was making to back up Minori’s ethereal folk/pop songs. Helicopter is a prime example. It’s a beautiful song, sung beautifully by a Japanese Liz Frazer fighting the language barrier. The backing track is an audio compendium that includes snatches of cop-film funk, twangs, acid bleeps, whistles and bells. It’s to Hiroki’s credit that his four good arms manage to keep the brew so clear and season it to such perfection. No-one else makes records this way. No-one else sounds like Pop Off Tuesday" [Robots & Electronic Brains]

'Helicopter' (MP3)

UK: £3.00


EU: €5.00


US: $7.00

'See My Ghost' CD
(Pickled Egg Records Egg 14CD)

"Six track mini album, more experimental than the self-titled debut. 'See My Ghost' has in effect taken all the best bits from 60s pop, 70s krautrock, 80s synth-pop and 90s electronica and made a timeless collage of sounds that is a pure pleasure to listen to. It's a sound that's most definitely not of this world; I suggest you buy this as soon as you can lay your hands on a copy" [The Satellite]

"The album belies a translucent quality, tempering a myriad of influences and textures. The vision of Pop-Off Tuesday will take time to permeate to the accessible conscious, but by the time it has, a thousand copyists will have emerged, all missing the point, and missing a tune. See My Ghost is Pop Music, Jim, but not as we know it" [Mark Barton, Losing Today]

'Ms Boo Boo's Return' (MP3)
'Wafflehead' (MP3)

Download See My Ghost from eMusic

UK: £6.50


EU: €10.75


US: $14.00

'See My Ghost' 10" mini LP
(Pickled Egg Records Egg 14LP)

"Everyone's favourite Japanese astropop experimentalists back on Earth with 6 new tracks of madcap tumbledryer sample complexity and adenoidal vocals. Not quite...it's certainly the same duo and there are six tracks but the madcap tumbledryer has been replaced by the linear simplicity of a washing line and Mother Nature's own sweet breath. On this ep, Pop Off Tuesday are graceful and classy, freshly minimalist and even ambient drum'n'bassists on "Adverse," my pick of the six, which also sprinkles a little of their magic fairy dust on a Tipsyish lounge daydream" [Jimmy Possession, Robots & Electronic Brains]

'Ms Boo Boo's Return' (MP3)
'Wafflehead' (MP3)

Download See My Ghost from eMusic

UK: £6.50


EU: €10.75


US: $14.00

'Pop-Off Tuesday' CD
(Pickled Egg Records Egg 5CD)

Wonderful debut album from the Osaka-based experimental pop duo.

"The sense of flow is wonderful, the tunes are great and although there is a lot going on, nothing is overdone. In time this album could - and certainly should - become regarded as an underground milestone and its sense of the mysterious will always beguile" [John Cavanagh, BBC Radio Scotland]

"At their best, the elements come together with an enticing bleakness reminiscent of Nico's Masterpiece, 'The Marble Index'. Highly recommended" [Andy Gill, The Independent]

"Smell the utterly beguiling weirdness inherent within these 12 squabbling, squealing noisescapes, all battered sweet symphonies and industrial surges laced with mischievous intent. Fantastically logic-defying" [Simon Williams, NME]

'Unworldly' (MP3)
'Mad Tea Party' (MP3)
'As Evil Dance' (MP3)

Download Pop-Off Tuesday from eMusic
Listen to Pop-Off Tuesday on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

'Pop-Off Tuesday' LP
(Pickled Egg records Egg 5LP)

"Radiating their neon ghostly glowing, and genre-leaping tripped-hop soul pop, nearly Lucious Jacksonian, but never so funky or hyper. Cibo Matto maybe, but even more madly stoned and poppy. It's almost lazy, moving in slow shimmering waves, deeply seductive grooves, dub-skeletal pulsings, rich melodic folk-pop structures, extended into new territories of luxury and ease. Unslick and nearly transparent, like a beautifully delicate insect held up to the light. It's never in the same place for long, and though the menu keeps shifting, it's all so damn good, like a fox crazy, like pop genius flow. Pop-Off Tuesday, where gentle experimentalism can come right up to the sweet swirling pop surface and take a long deep breath while looking you right in the eyes. Truly incredible! [George Parsons, Dream Magazine]

'Unworldly' (MP3)
'Mad Tea Party' (MP3)
'As Evil Dance' (MP3)

Download Pop-Off Tuesday from eMusic
Listen to Pop-Off Tuesday on Last.fm


UK: £9.00


EU: €15.50


US: $21.00

'Unworldly' 7" EP
(Pickled Egg Records Egg 2)

A 6-and-a-half minute opus of stunning beauty from the Japanese experimental pop duo. Record Collector Single of the Month, and No.5 in Peel's 1998 Festive 50!!

"Japanese duo Hiroki & Minori construct an industrial landscape that retains room for feelings. Over six minutes, a fragile ballad flowers into something genuinely moving, as Minori tries to stay afloat amongst the clattering, invasive sound of Hiroki's 'machines'. It's an emotional symphony in noise, rising and falling in waves of sonic invention, before tipping a coy wink to Nico and 'All Tomorrow's Parties'. Quite superb" [Record Collector]

"Pop Off Tuesday are the end of pop music: nothing can follow this and measure up. A truly magnificent record then, which a brooding sense of mystery serves only to enhance" [Jimmy Possession, Robots & Electronic Brains]

'Unworldly' (MP3)

UK: £3.00


EU: €5.00


US: $7.00

Reviews

Vanity Project
Pop News (in French)
Avopolis (in Greek)
Kathodik (in Italian)
Musicboom (in Italian)

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