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Japancakes formed in Athens, Georgia in 1996, and since have garnered national and international attention for their unique and woozy brand of spaced-out instrumental music. The creation of their singular soundscapes encompasses widely varied approaches: whether they employ a singing-sword pedal steel guitar, a throaty cello, a sparkling wash of synthesizers, or even a well and wisely-placed ... Read more in Amazon's Japancakes Store

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Darla Records
  • ASIN: B000TXNKA0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Darla is proud to offer the fifth new record from Japancakes - Athens, GA's incomparable instrumental Pop/Americana quintet. Giving Machines features eight new trademark blissed-out yet solid as ever compositions brought to life in Japancakes unique way with a singing pedal steel guitar, cello, keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums. There's even a cover of Cocteau Twins' "Heaven Or Las Vegas" with pedal steel taking the place of Liz Frazer's vocals. Japancakes do not record together like other bands. They do play together but when they record in the studio they do so one at a time. Each player writes their own part and adds it to the part(s) recorded previously by fellow band members. The result of this practice is that the personality of each individual player is often better captured. RIYL: Dreamy, lazy, stellar, Post Rock, Shoegaze, Electronica, Americana, Tortoise, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Hammock, Santo & Johnny.

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By Chuck Hancock on March 1, 2014
Format: Audio CD
About the same as
all the other japancakes
releases so far.

You know if you like
Already their version of
aural wallpaper.

It stays as it goes,
round and round and up and then
it goes down again.
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