Kishida Shigeru of Quruli had better watch out.
There were moments on Fuji Fabric’s self-titled debut album that made me forget I wasn’t listening to Quruli.
Fuji Fabric and Quruli share a very fluid sound — the two bands are indie rock at their core, but they’re more than willing to include other influences into their music.
Fuji Fabric, in fact, is slightly more liberal.
The ’70s rock of “Sakura no Kisetsu” that opens Fuji Fabric, the album, gives way to the blistering pace of “Taifu”.
“Uchigae Hanabi” starts off with an introspective electric piano, but midway through, the song bursts into wall of percussion and guitars.
An ominous pulse drives “Tokyo Midnight”, while “Otteke Otteke” is perhaps the best rock en Español not to be sung in Español.
“Hana”, however, is where the lines between Quruli and Fuji Fabric blur. An introspective song driven by folk guitar, it could be placed in the middle of Quruli’s Antenna with no ill effect.
But Fuji Fabric is its own band, and ’70s rock is where it draws its biggest influence, as evidenced by the light hearted “Saboten Record” and “Kagerou”. Even “Aka Kiiro no Kinmokusei” starts off like an ’80s college rock song, only to transform into something more showy by the chorus.
However wildly varied Fuji Fabric may get, the album never seems to lose its sense of direction. Fuji Fabric balances the light songs with heavier moments, boisterous choruses with introspective verses, ambitious performances with intimate ones.
And repeated listens reward even further.
Fuji Fabric takes listeners on a wild ride, never sacrificing hooks along the way and delivering a performance that just plain amazes.