Inabano Gakudan – ピクセルワールド (Pixel World) EP

This week I’m taking a break from my stock of nanoloop albums to review something that I believe has gone under people’s radars. ‘ピクセルワールド EP’ or more known as, ‘Pixel World EP’ is by a 5 piece Japanese electronic band, known as ‘Inabano Gakudan’. Inabano’s music is a mixture of both hyperpop and chiptune, with the genres crossing over with each other consistently. They use a various amount of extensive equipment, ranging from Synth Keyboards (Poly & Monophonic) and a rhythm machine, to a laptop sequencer and electronic drums. ‘Pixel World EP’ is Inabano’s first album released onto bandcamp and already you can tell that their style is incredibly strong, with software such as, the Hatsune Miku vocaloid being used to it’s full advantage.

To get a good sense of what this album is like check out my pick track, ‘Kaamos’ which is the opening song off the EP. It starts with the ‘Hatsune Miku vocaloid’ singing a lovely introduction. The usage of the ‘Hatsune Miku vocaloid’ really stuck with me, as it’s only one of the few times I’ve heard one being the used in such a promising way. Whilst I can’t understand the lyrics, the tune and structure are superb and go into the main hook fantastically, closely following the build up into the crescendo. Moving onto the main hook, it’s really reminiscent of music like ‘Seapunk’, calling back to music from the likes of, ‘Whitely‘ and ‘Unicorn Kid‘. The beat is both tasty and bouncy, with the bass fluctuating around the the melody in a strong fashion. Let’s not forget ‘Hatsune Miku’, happily singing whilst this the music is going on, scattering the vocals towards the end of bars. ‘Kaamos’ is a fantastic song to listen to when you just want to feel happy about yourself. It also gave me the push to get round to making a happy Japanese music playlist, due to listening to it so much.

‘Pixel World EP’ was a nice album to review instead of the usual chiptune stuff I have in circulation, and it’s made me realise I need to be a bit more diverse in the world of chipmusic when reviewing.

Other tracks to listen to: ‘ピクセルワール’ ‘Waterfall’

 Inabano Gakudan 

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