Kero Kero Bonito

(Copyright © 2020 Piero Scaruffi | Terms of Use )
Bonito Generation (2016), 4/10
Time 'n' Place (2018), 5/10

London's trio Kero Kero Bonito (half-Japanese vocalist Sarah "Bonito" Perry, and multi-instrumentalists Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled) debuted in a synth-pop vein with the album Bonito Generation (2016), but two years later veered towards bubblegum-pop of the Sixties with the single Only Acting (2018) and the EP TOTEP (2018), notably You Know How It Is, songs that now featured guitarist James Rowland and drummer Jennifer Walton. Their second album Time 'n' Place (2018) offers more of these harmless nostalgic ditties (Make Believe, Dear Future Self) but too many boring litanies. There's a tough Outside, that borders on digital hardcore, and the jazzy Time Today with a brilliant tempo, but mostly this music is just another mutation of Brit-pop, recycling three of four generations of melodies with no passion and no inspiration.
(Copyright © 2020 Piero Scaruffi | Terms of use )
(Translation by/ Tradotto da: a /mu/ anon)

Il trio londinese Kero Kero Bonito (la cantante per metà giapponese Sarah "Bonito" Perry e i polistrumentisti Gus Lobban e Jamie Bulled) ha debuttato in chiave synth-pop con l'album Bonito Generation (2016), ma due anni dopo ha virato verso il bubblegum- pop degli anni Sessanta con il singolo Only Acting (2018) e l'EP TOTEP (2018), in particolare You Know How It Is, canzoni che includevano il chitarrista James Rowland e la batterista Jennifer Walton. Il loro secondo album Time 'n' Place (2018) offre più di queste innocue canzoncine nostalgiche (Make Believe, Dear Future Self) ma troppe litanie noiose. C'è un duro Outside, che rasenta l'hardcore digitale, e il jazzistico Time Today con un ritmo brillante, ma soprattutto questa musica è solo un'altra mutazione del Brit-pop, riciclando tre o quattro generazioni di melodie senza passione e senza ispirazione.