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COLOR FILTER (Buy CDs by this artist)
Sleep in a Synchrotron (Fuzzy Box) 1998
Color Filter Remix (Darla) 1999
I Often Think in Music (Fuzzy Box) 1999

As with many one-man bands, Japan's Color Filter exists mainly as a studio project — in this case, by one Ryuji Tsuneyoshi. Drum machines and loops, guitars and soothing synthesizer sounds sway between atmospheric haze and obscured pop melodics. On Sleep in a Synchrotron, "Sad Grey Sky" deftly mixes My Bloody Valentine samples with vocals by a woman named Aiko over shifting percussion sounds, while a cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" creates a new disco sound for the mumbled lyrics.

[Ben Goldberg]
   
This piece was first published in Badaboom Gramophone #3 and appears here with permission.