The final instalment in Tiliqua’s utterly essential ‘Erotic Oriental Sunshine’ series of re-issues, ‘Girl Friend Baby Doll’ moves in a markedly different direction from its predecessors. Although still adorned by the image of an angelic and scantily clad Japanese beauty, the disc is somewhat less overtly sexual than the others, focussing more on a childlike and hushed mood; giggling and whispering rather than groaning and screaming. However the more you listen to the album with these quite peculiar, sometimes goofy vocals paired with some downright funky Euro-sleaze instrumental parts the more insane a it begins to sound. I mean, it’s erotic but it’s just not quite as blatant as say, Ike Reiko, it’s shrouded in a veil of naivity which only serves to make it that much more odd. Apparently Petite M’amie (aka nudie actress Mari Keiko) wanted the album to be much more obviously erotic but the producer was dead set on that shy girl angle, which unsurprisingly still seems to be the order of the day in Japan (vending machines selling used panties?). The truth is though, for all its odd sentiment and somewhat dubious morals this is an absolutely killer release, somewhat comparable in style to the crucial re-issues of the Finders Keepers label, with exotica production and a vibe closer associated with the French New Wave than with Japanese music from 1971. Another stunningly presented and gloriously unpredictable release, if you’re desperately searching for that unbeatable Christmas gift I think you just found it. Shocking stuff and hugely limited to only 500 copies worldwide - this is not going to be re-stocked so buy quick to avoid disappointment.
Edited by afrowolf on 18 Feb 2013, 18:19
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