Trouser Press Tuesday: IPPU-DO

Led by androgynous, Bowiesque guitarist Masami Tsuchiya, this Japanese
trio stepped into the commercial void created by Yellow Magic
Orchestra’s decreased group activity. It’s hard to make out what the
songs are really about since most have only a chorus or bridge in
English, but the lyrics seem simpleminded enough — themes of romantic
fantasy, travel and technology evidently dominate. Tsuchiya’s voice is
high but gutsy and always in control (even when yelling) — he’s got his
shtick down pat, and his guitar playing fits. Ippu-Do alternates
between modernized arrangements of ’50s and early ’60s vocal pop-rock
melodies and steaming, heart-pounding rock’n’roll, sometimes in the
same song.(…)

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