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METAFIVE (including Yukihiro Takahashi)

Postby Annoying Twit on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:16 pm

I've searched, but I can't find any mention of Metafive on this forum. This is a Japanese supergroup including frequent Steve collaborator Yukihiro Takahashi.

Takahashi assembled a supergroup to back him on a Japan tour in, I think, 2014 as "Yukihiro Takahashi + METAFIVE". However, they the continued the band as just METAFIVE, meaning that despite the name it has six members.

Members are:

Yukihiro Takahashi from Sadistic Mika Band, YMO, The Beatniks, Pupa, Pulse (with Steve) and more.
Cornelius from Flipper's Guitar, work with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono band and more.
Towa Tei from Dee-lite, work with Sakamoto, and more.
Yoshinori Sunahara from Denki Groove, and more
Leo Imai, solo artist and London University/Oxford University graduate
Tomohiko Gondo from pupa, anonymass, and more

Everyone writes, it's mainly Imai and Takahashi singing. They've released an album, a mini-album, and a live album.

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned them here. Either that or my google-fu has failed me. If anyone would like to see what they are doing, then I think one of their songs from their recent (October last year) mini-album METAHALF called "Musical Chairs" works as an introduction. Definitely some YMO style keyboards here. If I had to describe it, perhaps a more funky Stay Close updated for 2016. IMHO, It's a good introduction to their other music, of which there's a fair bit now.

I'm really happy that Takahashi is, after all these decades, still getting involved in new things and producing lots of product. I think that his two post-Sketch Show electronic albums Page by Page and Blue Moon Blue are among his best solo works too. Life Anew is a bit normal for me.

I don't know how to post youtube videos here properly. So, here goes nothing as far as posting their video for Musical Chairs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91DqAOAx2tU I couldn't get the [youtube] tag to work, so here it is as a URL.
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Re: METAFIVE (including Yukihiro Takahashi)

Postby Annoying Twit on Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:26 am

There's a description of how Steve came to play live with METAFIVE here: http://natalie.mu/music/pp/metafive03 Admittedly, google translate makes a bit of a hash of it.
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Re: METAFIVE (including Yukihiro Takahashi)

Postby inkinthewell on Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:21 am

Thanks for posting this. Had never heard of the group and, of course, had missed Steve's connection.
Heard a few things and all sound very good (listening to a live version of Maisie's Avenue right now).

P.S. I tried to translate that page in english and then italian but both version have left me wondering what the Jersey they are talking about. :lol:
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Re: METAFIVE (including Yukihiro Takahashi)

Postby Annoying Twit on Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:36 am

The more I listen to Metafive the more I like their music. I really like their visuals and style too. The videos. Everything.

I was thinking of maybe translating that page as an exercise. I've recently decided that my Japanese skills are rusty and I'm working to getting them back to where they were when I lived in Japan. However, almost nobody in the West appears to have heard of Metafive, so I didn't know whether anyone would read it if I translated it.

Metafive's most recent release is a five track EP. It's 4 quid on Amazon as a download, which is a refreshingly reasonable price. Compared to some other Japanese CDs I've bought.

Metafive has reintroduced me to Towa Tei, and I'm liking his recent work. I just wish that I could buy it. Here's a 'Towa Tei as Metafive' track from his most recent CD. There isn't much Japan (the band) connection, but the Takahashi-bot makes an appearance and I think that's Takahashi singing part of the backing vocals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lgUz4t9fJw Though, Takahashi (in both real and robot form) makes a bigger appearance in the song 'Love Pandemic' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elc8bll7CHk and Hosono makes an appearance as well, though he only sings one word (repeated) in the song.

I hadn't heard of Leo Imai before Metafive, but he has a solo career. The most recent album of his on Spotify is 'Made For Nothing' and the second half, in particular, is IMHO very good and worth a listen.

'Maise's Avenue' is my favourite song on the first album, though I like several on the EP more than it.
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