TIPOGRAPHICA God says I can't dance

by Mellow Records MMP310

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TIPOGRAPHICA are very hard to describe,
which is probably why they were one of the
most interesting band of the 90s
(unfortunately, the band recently decided to part ways).
The musicians, consisting of guitarist, bassist,
drummer, and a small horn section seemed
influenced by Frank ZAPPA's 70s jazz compositions,
and especially Ruth Underwood's crazed percussion
work-outs.
However, the rhythms on "God Says I Can't Dance"
are really unique, and don't seem directly influenced
by ZAPPA.
I've heard their unique rhythm work being called
"arhythmic" (tons of starts, stops, 90 degree turns,
tempo changes).
Yes, you could definitely say that.
But the band is great at creating grooves out of
those irregular rhythms, giving the music a strange
danceable quality to it (like ZAPPA's catchiest work).
The interaction between musicians has a
playfulness to it that is typical of most of the
experimental Japanese bands.
TIPOGRAPHICA are a perfect introduction to
the Japanese prog scene.

Review by Steve Hegede
from progarchives.com

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released April 12, 1996

Line-up:

Tsuneo Imahori
guitar

Naruyoshi Kikuchi
saxophone

Osamu Matsumoto
trombone

Akira Minakami
keyboards

Hiroaki Mizutani
bass

Akira Sotoyama
drums

with:
Kazuto Shimizu
mokkin

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