Casino Versus Japan


Ago 11 2005, 2h11

Well, on the 'old' Audioscrobbler I had started a forum for Casino Versus Japan, but in the new system that forum appears to be gone...or maybe I'm just not looking in the right place.

So now I'll just post a journal entry to sing the praises of this amazing artist. Anyone who happens upon my profile here will see that CvJ accounts for about 1 in 8 songs that I've listened to over the last year (almost a year to this date). I can't quite put my finger on what makes them so great. I describe their music to friends and I think most of them end up wondering what the heck I'm talking about. I guess describing music with words isn't very effective to being with.

Anyway, I can't say enough good things about CvJ. I simply love the aesthetic of his music (yes, I know I'm interchanging the pronouns "his" and "they" - oh well). I love the combination of floating melodies and crispy beats. I love how ambient the music is, and yes you could dance to much of it. But what gets me even more than that is the layers of melody that all melt in your mouth.

I always say to people I tell about CvJ that the music is so uncomplicated, and almost naive. Yet it has a very worldly sensibility.

If I was to recommend tracks to someone as an introduction to Casino Versus Japan, I would probably start with either Aquarium, or it's very sunny. Although over time, and 1100+ listenings, other tracks have emerged as favorites. Of note are warm windows, Vessels That Float Out of Metals That Sink- (part 4) (on the first, self-titled CvJ release), Blue Vacation-all parts, Durusey..i could keep going, but that's a good start.

Very few musical artists have captured my attention and emotion as much as Casino Versus Japan has. The list of artists that I unconditionally admire is under 10, and CvJ is the only one to enter that list in the last 5 years. The previous one would probably be the German trance act X-Dream. Although I'm not sure I ever listened to X-Dream as much as I have Casino Versus Japan, the music never seems to age.



  • cowabungabe

    Casino Versus Japan is indeed great. Also, I like your track recommendations. All praise be to Erik Kowalski.

    Ago 31 2005, 7h53
  • mi3e

    Another lover of Casino Vs Japan here. I heard its very summy one night on a late night radio program here in Ireland and went on a quest to find all i could about them/him.. And am i glad i did!

    Out 13 2005, 16h05
  • dukon

    its very sunny is so damn good track, I love it! I cann't describe me feelings when I'm listening it in my mp3man during riding mountain bike around hills near my hometown in czech rep. fuc*in A!

    Mar 26 2006, 11h00
  • dukon

    Is Erik planning to release some brand new album? The last thing I have is compilation Casino Versus Japan - Hitori + Kaiso 1998 - 2001 ATTCD006...

    Mar 26 2006, 11h04
  • 4c3

    I was searching for some new things when the system recommended CvJ to me. Really awesome music.

    Jun 2 2006, 23h50
  • trans1ence

    Damn straight. CVJ is undeniably incredible. I think it's the best groove possible, and from a production standpoint, he's fantastic.

    Jun 25 2006, 3h12
  • neptunius

    You're right, tendril: I describe [CvJ] to friends and I think most of them end up wondering what the heck I'm talking about. I guess describing music with words isn't very effective... Or as Steve Martin once said, Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. I remember the time when I accidentally stumbled upon Whole Numbers Play The Basics at Waterloo Records in Austin, TX and was completely blown away by the immersive multi-layered textures of sound. I find it funny and un-ironic that iTunes labels Casino Versus Japan as Unclassifiable... CvJ is like nothing else! I've got Go Hawaii, Whole Numbers, Hitori + Kaiso, and the Split EP with Freescha, but what album(s) do Blue Vacation and Vessels That Float... come from? I would really like to get some more, but haven't found anything else in a while. Anyone know if Erik is working on a new album?

    Jul 14 2006, 21h28
  • trans1ence

    Casino Versus Japan – Vessels That Float Out of Metals That Sink- (part 4) (on the first, self-titled CvJ release)

    Dez 8 2006, 3h36
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