Where I am located right now, it’s raining cats and dogs. Dismal weather to travel in. Gray. And this four-song EP by downtempo electronic duo #100YearsOfSadness touches a nerve made sensitive by all this damp dreariness.
What this Philippines-based band does is lend musicality to a decidedly nihilistic view of relationships. What with sultry female vocals, Japanese spoken word phrases, toned-down pseudo trap beats, and the cold clammy virtual instrumentation, this is a sarcastic response to every cheesy February 14 aphorism you’ve ever heard. And it is gorgeous. (Or kawaii, if you prefer to be hipstery.) But never in that cloying Zooey Deschanel way.
They tag their music and their Mixcloud mixes with the tag “J-Wave” (for Japan) and “Future Retro Japan” both of which make a lot of sense. There is cuteness and light side-by-side with a threat of tentacle hentai in this music.
So thank you, #100YearsOfSadness for making this post-summer, post-drought, post-love weather better.
#100YearsOfSadness is a project of Alva Presbitero of Small Hands and Game Theory, alongside Tomi Uysingco of KLMBRNG and Cult Shit Media Blackout. Their EP is released on Diagnostic Records Manila.
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