[email protected] is proud to present the Hong Kong debut of Suishou No Fune [水晶の舟], the Tokyo based psychedelic rock band. Their name, which translates to “The Crystal Ship”, has its origin in a classic song by The Doors, and their sound also shares in that song’s sense of exquisite melancholy. However, unlike many of their contemporaries, Suishou No Fune manage to take the basic elements of “psychedelic” music appropriated by so many bands – long-form guitar jams, layers of shimmering feedback, heavily processed vocals – and forge a music which is at once utterly personal and evocative of the present. Although the basis of their music lies in Western rock, Suishou no Fune display a distinctly Asian sensibility in their melodic phrasing and use of aural space. Hearing their languidly swirling guitar melodies, bathed in fluorescent clouds of feedback, one is transported to a realm beyond time and space.
While it can be tempting to explain Suishou no Fune’s musical aesthetic as yet another example of the “Mono No Aware” popularized by authors like Murakami Haruki, their music transcends the “Japanese-ness” of this aesthetic category to communicate something more urgent and universal. Like an aural analogue of Wong Kar Wai’s films, Suishou no Fune’s music poignantly expresses the feelings of futility, melancholy, and longing experienced by those living in Asia’s “modern” economies who must daily submit to life under economic and political stasis.
About Suishou No Fune
SUISHOU NO FUNE [水晶の舟], was formed by Pirako Kurenai and Kageo in Tokyo, 1999. Their style is floating and dreamy Japanese Psychedelic Rock! The basics of their music are formed by the sound of a guitar duo. The artistic sound is psychedelic; twin guitars work full of sensitivity and freedom that is not bound by stereotype. They treat the spirit that dwells in the words and poetry with respect; a spiritual performance in resonance with these vibrations. Their performances and albums are performed partially as a duo and partially as a full band.