Yura Yura Teikoku ‘Dekinai’

This song came on my mp3 player on the way home from work yesterday. I had no idea what it was, and don’t remember either downloading it or transferring it to the player.

Yura Yura Teikoku are a Japanese three piece, the name translates as The Unstable Empire, and they formed in 1989. A bit of internet research gets them described as ‘Can meets dub’, ‘psychedelic 70s rock and power pop’, ‘psyche pop and garage rock’, and (gulp) ‘soft rock’. Wait come back. Don’t click back in your toolbar. Stay with me. They released a lp with this track on it on DFA (see, phew, told you it’d be ok). This song’s great- from the fast clattery drum intro(begging to be sampled by somebody), to the guitar and the vocals (in Japanese and it doesn’t make any difference that I havn’t a clue what he’s singing about). A bit like a more focused, poppy Yo La Tengo. Highly recommended.

Dekinai.mp3

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