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Left Ear parade an obscure Japanese beauty with Twin Cosmos dichotomous 1982 debut cleft between the siblings’ takes on spacey lysergic pop and DIY homespun outsider music comparable with everyone from Brian Wilson and Panda Bear, to Lou Reed and Ariel Pink.
The music of fraternal twins, Morohito & Yasuhito Ito is a singular proposition from any angle. Pairing one side of harmonised, self-built synths and starry-eyed songcraft by Morohito, which the label allude to “something that Brian Wilson might have created in the early 1980’s, after visiting Brazil and learning Japanese”, with Yashuhito’s starkly contrasting, room-recorded acoustic guitar and vocal works, that they likewise compare with “Lou Reed… going down a David Lynch spiral”, the results play to a remarkable chirality of aesthetic and effectuate pulls in wildly opposing directions, but somehow just works as a curio as much as a guess-again record that will prompt heads-turned with each return.
Morohito’s side sees him draw upon fascinations with space and technology, partly jogged by an electrician father who encouraged him to make his own gear, on a handful of gorgeous song flush with iridescent synths and blessed by his multi-tracked vocal, Beach Boys style. It’s all there in the blushing harmonies of ‘Giniro No Tubasa’, which concludes with the sound of a spaceship launching, and gives way to Ariel Pink-alike psyche-pop reflections on ‘LosAngeles City’ and Lewis-ian schmaltz in ’Silent Love’, and comes to settle in the cosmic pop vectors of ‘Space Flight’.
You could hardly imagine a sharper contrast with Yasuhiko’s side. Undressed of his sibling’s synthier affectations, the B-side pulls from his studies of philosophy and the arts, and a move from Japan to USA, where he was exposed to Sun Ra and Cage, for a string of jankier outsider blues and folk-like works with definitive highlights on the bluesy ‘Happy Turkey’s Day’, and the jagged strings of ‘Mad Love’ with its demands to “suck my dick”, sharing space with fractured oddities almost recalling that Sam Esh session.