When 80s America went nostalgic for the 60s, David Marx fell right into the thick of it: The Wonder Years dominated his TV set, oldies ruled the radio on family road trips, and the only escape from 60s nostalgia for this Pensacola ten-year-old came in the form of the Nintendo Entertainment System.
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Now a 25-year-old Japanese sub-culture scholar living in Tokyo, Marx has grown nostalgic for his 80s childhood-- and for the 60s nostalgia that defined that era's popular culture. It is this cultural-emotional media-created feedback loop of "nostalgia nostalgia" that inspired Marx's debut mini-LP Kyoshu Nostalgia ("kyoshu" is Japanese for "nostalgia"), a fast-paced 60s-by-means-of-80s psych-pop trip. Cooking Mitts
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You'll hear the familiar and intensely melodic
traces of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Zombies here,
but what makes Kyoshu Nostalgia so compelling
is Marxy's nostalgic-nostalgic vantage point: he's playing with
genre without destroying it. He's introducing rhythmic and musical
figures that would dizzy the Wilson brothers, but without sacrificing
the accessibility of his melodies. He's imprinting Japanese
orchestral pop and shoegazer noise onto the Western pop of the
60s, while acknowledging that, of course, 60s pop came first.
Songs are highly stylized without being parodies, and most importantly,
the past is confronted without simply being regurgitated. The
album's as impressive as it is irresistible, smart as it is
emotionally potent, and you can't say that about much pop music
these days at all. Hose Nozzle Reviews
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