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Fujiya & Miyagi, Shit Robot, My Gold Mask Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., March 22, 8 p.m. 2011

"One Trick Pony," a bonus track on Fujiya & Miyagi's third full-length, 2008's Lightbulbs, inadvertently sums up the album with its title. It's hard to follow a breakout success, and Fujiya & Miyagi have been struggling since they nailed their cool, minimalist spin on Krautrock with 2006's Transparent Things. Even the best songs on Lightbulbs merely replicate that formula—looping synths, simple repeated guitar and bass parts, funky beats that wouldn't sound out of place in hip-hop, and the whispered, raspy vocals of front man David Best. The most notable change to the band's sound on that record was probably the addition of a live drummer, fourth member Lee Adams. But on their latest, Ventriloquizzing (Yep Roc), Fujiya & Miyagi have apparently decided it's time to mess with success. Repetition still anchors their style, but they often augment the calculated simplicity of their earlier material with dense, otherworldly psychedelic sounds—Steve Lewis's synth work is more varied than ever, which helps the songs stick in your brain instead of blending together. Ventriloquizzing may not be quite as hypnotic as Transparent Things, but it's nice to see the band learning some new tricks. —Leor Galil

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