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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tokyo Tramps - If I Die Tomorrow - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, If I Die Tomorrow, from Tokyo Tramps and it's a cool and unusual mix of rock, blues and progressive music resulting in unique and enjoyable mix. Opening with Flowing Water, a cool rocker with a great beat, lead guitarist Satoru Nakagawa sets a theme and bassist Yukiko Fujii and Tim Carman on drums set a firm bottom. Cool opener. If I Die Tomorrow has interesting roots with construction not unlike the great Mountain or Hendrix, with it's heavy bottom by Fujii and screaming guitar work by Nakagawa. I really like Carman's drum attack and the Hendrix like overall feel on the track with Fujii adding keys. Very cool. Reverb saturated ballad, Woman is sensitive with a strong blues feel. Nakagawa doesn't pull any punches with his suspended guitar noted and screaming lines. Really nice. Misty Forest is one of my favorite tracks on the release with it's aggressive guitar lead and tight drumming. Nakagawa really knows how to control his sound and Carman is pushing all the way. Very nice. Talkin' To Someone brings to mind one of my favorite progressive bands,  Sunday All Over The World featuring Toyah Wilcox and Robert Fripp. The vocal mix and instrumental texture is intoxicating. Breaking into a straight up blues shuffle, Reprobates, Tramps and Saints is solid with ripping slide work from Nakagawa. Wrapping the release is laid back blues number, Blues In My Blood. With nicely blended vocals by Fujji and Nakagawa, Nakagawa's mellow slide work and the excellent drums rhythms of Carman, this is a solid closer for a really cool release.

If you love guitar led blues rock music with the likes of Pink Floyd, Mountain, Mahogany Rush, and Robin Trower I suspect that you'll enjoy this release.

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