Thursday, April 29, 2010

casino versus japan: "local forecast/go hawaii" (medley)

"Casino vs Japan makes some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. It is almost a euphoric listening experience. Definitely a must for any fan of beautiful electronic music."

Above is a quote from a fan from CVJ's Discogs page, and I could not agree more. Featured here is an actual fan-made video medley of two tracks from Casino Versus Japan's critically acclaimed 2000 release "Go Hawaii". Sometimes I cringe when I see fan-made videos that completely miss the mark when merged with a good track or song, but this one pretty much hit the nail on the head as far as visually capturing the feel of the music. My favorite part is the smooth video and audio transition at about 3:22 into the medley. The imagery, which looks like some various stock footage about Hawaii, could have been horribly tacky, but instead, everything was artfully meshed together and the pacing is perfect. I've been a big fan of CVJ's (real name Eric Kowolski) music for nearly as long as he has taken to release another album. Finally, after an eight year hiatus, Mr. Kowalski is back, with a double LP featuring rare and unreleased tracks entitled Night On Tape (Attacknine). There is also word of some brand new material to be released this year as well from CVJ, as he's been playing some live shows in recent months. In the meantime, a decent pair of headphones is highly recommended for this one.