Posts Tagged ‘kero kero bonito’

May 14, 2018

We’ve been in love with Kero Kero Bonito’s crisp and playful indie pop for a very long time. The British trio usually enthralles us with a sprightly and airy brand of electro-pop that seems much inspired by J-pop, but KKB has proceeded to delight us with a new direction in their latest music, and the change-up has only served to make us fall even harder for the band. A dreamier indie rock sound has curled its way into their last few songs, like on Cinema and Only Acting. This guitar hazy sound, which reminds us of the likes of Yumi Zouma and Men I Trust, continues on new charmer Time Today. The lo-fi indie pop bop (and it truly bops!) comes from Kero Kero Bonito’s next album Time ‘n’ Place, which we’re hoping will arrive soon. Time Today even sports a retro italo-wave phosphorescence that reminds me of some of M83′s music off their album Junk, as well as some of Phoenix’s more laid back and wavy tunes. Despite its peppy beat, Time Today is a languorous and soothing, dreamy and laid back confection, well worth a lot of your time, today or any other day. 

March 6, 2018
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We love Kero Kero Bonito and their bubbly aerated, J-pop inspired electro-pop, but we’re also very much elated that the English trio seems to be stretching out their legs when it comes to sculpting new sounds and experimenting in new directions. They surprised us last month with scuzzy guitars and crunchy pop rock on Only Acting. Now, they delight us with a smooth shimmering, gauzy waltzing groove on Cinema, reminding us of acts like Yumi Zouma and Men I Trust in the process. A hint of chill psychedelic disco and some dreamy funk also saturate the dreamy swaying track. Cinema comes off KKB’s new four track EP, TOTEP, on which they explore a myriad of sounds. Streaming/purchase links for the self-released EP can be found on their website, here.

February 13, 2018

I can’t help but rejoice every time Kero Kero Bonito endows us with new music, so much am I enamored with the English trio’s bubbly infectious electropop, so strongly inspired by J-pop and dancehall. Their music is always a big welcome dose of sunshine and joy. Today, Sarah, Gus, and Jamie are back with more of their kawaii pop in the form of new single Only Acting, an airy, breezy, lighthearted bop, just the way we like KKB. But this time along, they’ve also brought some extra crunchy and scuzzy guitars, too. That’s right, KKB wades into pop rock territory with their rambunctious new treat, a 90s evoking high spirited prancer. Of course, no KKB experience is complete without a charming music video accompaniment, but this one also tosses us a curve ball near the end, too, one rather unsettling, too. Stream Only Acting via Spotify, here

July 7, 2017

I can never resist a good Kero Kero Bonito bop. They’re just so uplifting and carefree, joyous and fun. The trio from London immerses us in summer sunshine and a sanguine glow with lighthearted new single Forever Summer Holiday, and what a prismatic holiday it is. The airy carbonated, candy coated electro pop number is a bonus track from next month’s Japanese edition of their debut album Bonito Generation. Forever Summer Holiday also comes with a vivacious video directed by oft collaborator Theo Davies. Forever Summer Holiday can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

June 1, 2017
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I’m a big fan of Kero Kero Bonito’s bopping, popping brand of music. The London trio’s single Trampoline is exactly what it’s name suggests, a carefree skipping, bouncy fun electronic pop treat. Fellow Londoners and esteemed veterans Saint Etienne have given this jump apparatus an airy effervescent, foggy chugging alt dance remix. The surreal edit is one of six tracks off of Kero Kero Bonito’s Bonito (Retakes) EP out this week. The EP also features KKB tracks remixed by felicita, Franki Cosmos, CFCF, Makeness, and Jonah Baseball. Find it on iTunes, here.

May 5, 2017
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 05.01.2017 – 05.03.2017

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May 4, 2017
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I’m always drawn to Kero Kero Bonito’s playfully teasing tunes, so colorfully inflected with popping, crackling electronica and so often inspired by the modern aesthetic of Japanese pop. Much beloved NYC indie singer songwriter Frankie Cosmos must be a fan of the British trio, too. She’s offered up a “remix” of Kero Kero Bonito’s Fish Bowl, except this isn’t really a remix as much as a full on cover. Fish Bowl’s received a full on makeover as Frankie Cosmos turns it into a charming guitar pop jangler, turning in her own vocals and giving it a youthful and hearty crunch. Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos explains that KKB is one of the few bands that all four of the members of her band love and admire with equal fervor. Needless to say, they had a great time recording their “remix”. 

September 28, 2016
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 09.26.2016

Featured music – September 26th, 2016

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September 27, 2016
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Honestly, I can never resist London trio Kero Kero Bonito’s bubbly whimsical brand of colorful electropop. Their new song is aptly entitled Trampoline, except the way our imaginations bounce on this sonic contraption is far more graceful than I’d ever look squirming awkwardly on a real life trampoline. Trampoline is KKB’s latest taster from forthcoming album Bonito Generation. It’s a carefree skipping, airy fun emulsion made up of PC Music foam, chiptune playfulness, and J-pop accents. Kero Kero Bonito has a distinct ability to fill us with optimism and joy, no matter how dark of a day we might be having. We hop sky high on this Trampoline straight into the arms of fluffy smiling clouds. Purchase the single from iTunes.

June 14, 2016

I’ve been a fan of Kero Kero Bonito’s splashy colorful electro pop for some time now, but I don’t think I’ve ever been more enraptured by the London trio than today, after watching their whimsical video for new song Break. Like music from groundbreaking label PC Music or by enigmatic visionary SOPHIE, Kero Kero Bonito’s music is a playful blend of futuristic J-pop and carbonated dance pop. They give us a much welcome escape with their music. New song Break is certainly a respite from the worries and burdens of daily life, a fun and easy going “break” in every sense. Its candy coated breeziness and laid back charm are represented fully in its video. In some ways, Break is like a modernized version of Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It certainly takes me to a very happy place. Break can be purchased now from iTunes.