Plays Pajama Pop Pour Vous

by Lullatone

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" Lullatone's fourth album, Plays Pajama Pop Pour Vous, coaxes its bass drum sounds from a pillow. One half of the Nagoya, Japan-based duo, Shawn James Seymour pulls naptime melodies out of thin air, while Yoshimi Tomida whispers about little birds, waking up, and castles in the sky. In the tradition of Kyoto-based producer Nobukazu Takemura, whose Childisc label released their 2003 sophomore effort My Petit Melodies, Lullatone papier-mâché the childlike sounds of bell-tone synths and toy glockenspiel into imaginative, minimalist pop.

Gentle sine waves bounce repetitively throughout sleepy-eyed opener "Good Morning Melody" and yawning synth exercise "Magical...", drifting across unhurried rhythms. It's as if they might evaporate altogether when you open your eyes. Eight-minute finale "Floating Away", with an ideal beat for a slumberland discotheque, uses stereo trickery to create the illusion that reclining headphone listeners are beginning to hover. But then, the defining sensation of Plays Pajama Pop Pour Vous is weightlessness.

Nonetheless, Lullatone can't neatly be filed alongside such kinder-pop acts as the Boy Least Likely To or Architecture in Helsinki. Plays Pajama Pop Pour Vous is interested not so much in being cute as in being cute majestically. Ukulele-driven "Bedroom Bossa Nova" exalts its simple melody and lyrics by letting us gaze at them from a sweeping vista of tropicalia, toy drums, and meticulously breezy production. The glistening harp loops of "Sleepytime Samba" spread out beneath warm beeps and blips with the fragile grandeur of Múm. OK, whistle-led "Pajama Party Pop" could almost be Hot Chip for the seventh-birthday crowd. So cute.

At the same time, Lullatone's latest represents a progression for the duo. Little by little, their project has become more organic as well as more indebted to Tomida's girlish vocals, which feature on each of the new album's eight tracks. Where 2003 debut Computer Recital sought simple beauty in abstract electronics, Plays Pajama Pop Pour Vous finds the abstract in beautifully simple songs. These days Lullatone overload on aesthetic traits frequently viewed as puerile, and they find in them something transcendent. In the world of Seymour and Tomida, cuteness is merely beauty of another kind." Pitchforkmedia

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released December 6, 2006

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Track Name: Good Morning Melody
n the early morning while I'm still half sleeping
the sun's rising and I hear a symphony
The wind's whistling
dew drops fall from a tree
a bird starts to sing a morning melody
(hmm hmm doo doo doo)

My mind's translating the words the birds singing
but, I'm sleepy so this is how it sounds to me:

wake up, wake up,
get up, sleppyhead
it's time for you to get out of bed
make some coffee
and toast, toast some bread
brush brush your teeth and wash wash your face
put on some clothes and get to some place
get out the door get on on your way
it's time for you to start start your day
In the early morning
I hear a symphony

(wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up)
Track Name: Bedroom Bossa Band
Wake up
open my eyes
and start my list of "why?"s.
Up up up in the sky
I can see a little bird fly.
What's that he's carrying?
Is it a tiny seed?
Will it turn into a tree...
one that might carry me...
up up into the sky
where I saw that little guy fly?
And will I be small and shy
if the bird drops by.
Or will we chat and will we sing?
And if so, what will he bring?
Will he bring the little seed
the little one the tree will need...
that little seed it needs to grow
to meet the sky and say hello?
I decide I just don't know.
It must must just just be so.
But it's like a little show
like looking at a Van Gogh.
Thoughts and clouds blow to and fro
as I gaze out my window.
Track Name: Pajama Party Pop
きょうのよるはすてきなメロディーつくろう
とおくでねてるあのこにないしよでき、かせたーい

どうやってどうやってこのメロディーをおくれる
こうやってああやっておくろう

いとでんわのむこうがわみみをあてて きこえる?
ことりにこっそりおしえたらみみもとで くちずさむ?
あたまのなかでうたったらテレパシー つうじる?
あかいふうせんにくちぶえたくさん ふきこもう

Whistle

どうやってどうやってこのメロディーを おくれる
こうやってああやっておくろう

どうやってどうやってこのメロディーを おくれる

いっしょにおどてねきこえたら一一
Track Name: Sleepytime Samba
きょうのよるは
ゆめを見るかな

どんなゆめかな
おどりをおどるかな

日本語ではなすかな
英語ではなすかな

おはようといいたら
夢を思い出す
そしてあのひとにでんわするだよ
夢のはなしを聴いてくれるかな。。。

きょうのよるは
ゆめを見るかな

どんなゆめかな
おどりをおどるかな

日本語ではなすかな
英語ではなすかな

おはようといいたら
夢を思い出す
そしてあのひとにでんわするだよ
夢のはなしを聴いてくれるかな。。。
Track Name: Thoughts and Clouds
Wake up
open my eyes
and start my list of "why?"s.
Up up up in the sky
I can see a little bird fly.
What's that he's carrying?
Is it a tiny seed?
Will it turn into a tree...
one that might carry me...
up up into the sky
where I saw that little guy fly?
And will I be small and shy
if the bird drops by.
Or will we chat and will we sing?
And if so, what will he bring?
Will he bring the little seed
the little one the tree will need...
that little seed it needs to grow
to meet the sky and say hello?
I decide I just don't know.
It must must just just be so.
But it's like a little show
like looking at a Van Gogh.
Thoughts and clouds blow to and fro
as I gaze out my window.
Track Name: Building Castles in the Sky
If we lived up above the clouds it would be so nice

so nice
so nice

But we liveon the ground, so we dance around and sing this sound

doo doo doo doo

so nice
so nice
so we go to sleep at night
Track Name: Floating Away
I think I’m floating away
(away, away away, away, away…)

up up and away
up up and away
up up and away
up up and away

good bye
I am floating away to the moon

I’m floating up
like a ballon

when I’m in the air
I see a bird in the cloud
and we dance and play marching band

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