Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re
"Pregnant Fantasy" CD
Genre: garage rock, all-girl rock
Hailing from musical hotbed Japan, Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re is an
all-girl rock trio culling influences from a number of musical camps,
most predominantly rock and punk. Pregnant Fantasy varies
somewhat, from the garage rock of "Lingerie Shop" and "Ebihara Shinji"
to the experimental avant-rock of "Manhole" and the fucked-up ska/metal
spasmodics on "Tea Time Ska". Behind it all are the singers' cutesy
voices (think Enon), lending a deliberate accessibility to the
melting pot of styles. The formula works surprisingly well, avoiding
falling into the experimental abyss of tedium but keeping things
offbeat enough to warrant a special kind of attention. If crashing
rhythms and revved-up guitars fit in snugly with cheery, girly vocals
in your dictionary of rock, then Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re's Pregnant
Fantasy needs to make its way into your collection. Now.
Fun Fact: The album's
first song, "Umeboshi Plums," refers to Umeboshi - these are made by
drying ume fruits and putting them in barrels with salt. The result is
something of a Japanese equivalent to the pickle - except they're
usually red (or brown).
[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by
the label, released 2005]