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Japancakes formed in Athens, Georgia in 1996, and since then have garnered national and international attention for their unique and woozy brand of spaced-out instrumental music. The band has never been one to shy away from plumbing the depths nor scaling the upper ethers of melody and beauty. The creation of their singular soundscapes encompasses widely varied approaches: whether they employ a singing-sword pedal steel, a throaty cello, a sparkling wash of precision-aligned synthesizers, or even a well and wisely-placed moment of silence. Japancakes are intent on emerging from their forays into musical space cloaked in pure sound. The music is direct. Whereas the listener might suspect that the absence of vocals would leave some sort of void, Japancakes deftly negate that suspicion by turning that same so-called absence into an unlimited mesh of listener interface; every moment of a Japancakes song is an opportunity for true listener interactivity. In other words, each Japancakes recording invites you INWARD to engage in a dialectic with its own particular cosmos, and furthermore, invites you to project what you please into it.

Japancake’s recorded output comprises 7 releases. Engineering on all titles was handled by Athens’ own Andy Baker, and recorded at Athens’ Chase Park Transduction or at Andy Baker’s Bakery studio. The band’s first three efforts were released via the Kindercore imprint: “If I Could See Dallas”(1999), the “Down the Elements” EP(2000), and “The Sleepy Strange” (2001). An “extended EP”, “Belmondo,” was released on the band’s current label, Darla Records, in 2002.


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  • smithee1407

    This band kicks ass. I can't believe it took me until 2013 to find them! Ah well - better late than never. I agree with starblood - that slide guitar is summer in the country- but then again every post rock band uses slide guitar in their music ; o. Ya they sound just like any other band, lol!

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • PopKaa

    only goodness

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ResaDika

    mbv cover .great

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • poopoocacah

    -Cant get enough M.B.V tracks.

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • starbIood

    Slide guitar:) sounds like summer in the country

    24 Feb 2011 Reply
  • richardkuok

    their cover of mbv is quite good indeed, but of coz mbv is the BEST !!!

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • herodotus

    "wow sounds like every post-rock band... " You think so? You must not listen to much post-rock. Or much Japancakes. Either way, I disagree.

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • forcemajeure

    I really enjoyed their first three releases; still need to get everything post "Waking Hours" though.

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • FindFindFind

    Hello hahahaha "D

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • tommygundrums

    Good news for fans! I'm uploading a LOT of Japancakes to Youtube in the coming week.

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • typejunky

    As an MBV fan for a long long time, I have to I love the reinvention, an excellent slanted take on it. The only thing I can think of with a similar different view of something so seminal, is Globo doing The Fall's Nation's saving grace.

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mathcore16

    Wow. This is wonderful stuff

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Sunzy

    It's a good cover album. like it a lot.

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • arcarsination

    Great stuff. I'm a fan of the sleepy strange, personally. Check out some of my music if you get a chance.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • RedSK

    wow sounds like every post-rock band...

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • harveyos

    interesting idea to cover MBV album... works somewhat but gets a little dull after a few tracks. When You Sleep is the best cover they do

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • drij

    There's nothing artistic about Muzak!

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • TQuacky

    Globecat just did a great interview with Japancakes: you can see it here:

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • WhoNeedsTears

    Don't understand why people are so bent out of shape over them doing a cover of an album. Bands do covers all the time, so what's the big fuss? You hate it, or you like MBV version better, then don't listen to the Japancakes version. I take it as an artistic interpretation of music they like/have heard.

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
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