Why is Perfume or Kyary more popular than Capsule?
Because Perfume is a pop girl group, dumbass! – you might say.
Of course the point is not to be popular but to make (hopefully) good music. In anticipation for the new album many hoped that CAPS LOCK will glide on the success of LEVEL 3. Sadly, it feels like a lost potential. I really wanted to praise this album but CAPS LOCK leaves a Capsule fan disappointed.
Since their best album up to date More More More, the duo has been releasing some mildly successful records, with a few gems here and there but generally lacking coherence and strong sense of direction. However their new album, CAPS LOCK, marks a new low…
Many fans of Perfume also listen to Capsule and vice versa. After hearing the Perfume‘s fantastic last record you might have listened to Enter the Sphere and imagine that Capsule‘s latest album will evoke all that and better. That it will cumulate all the badassness, trippy club beats and take all that harder electro to the next level. Thirsty of the style we know, you reach for the new album to clench your thirst but CAPS LOCK tastes like a cold tea… no milk, no sugar, two days old tea. Yes, unfortunately it is a disappointment.
We’ve got an intro that’s less exciting than elevator music. CONTROL is promising, colourful although Toshiko’s vocals are so chopped up it ends up sounding a little annoying, like a leftover Miku Miku track (ouch…). DELETE starts underwhelming although it develops into a pleasant synth with atmosphere.
CONTROL, one of very few O-K moments on the album… :
12345678 is like a first year’s University student project in Sound Design. Some honking and creaking door layered together and inaudible vocals comes in. WHYYYY
SHIFT is almost good… almost. The cut up vocal salad remains a little annoying. It would have been fine if it was just a regular vocoder treatment but it’s not, it’s over done. Sorry Nakata.
ESC, another project of the same amateur Uni student, dripping water, ticking clock, wind. No music. Nakata is losing his mind.
SPACE sounds more like a Capsule track we know, albeit lacks a climax.
RETURN is a soothing piano number that goes into synth, like a synth lullaby. Somewhat nostalgic, pleasant.
And… that’s it. That’s all. There’s no JUMPER, there’s nothing you could bounce about to in a club, there’s nothing you’ll have on repeat on your iPod. It’s a huge dissapointment. With only 8 tracks, no strong single and style all over the place, this could easily be just an EP of 4 but instead it’s pretending to be an album. Shame.
Nakata remains a genius for sculpting the direction of Perfume and Kyary into success however… losing out on his own project. I do hope that the next material from Capsule will change our mind once again.
Here’s what we hoped CAPS LOCK would be but it’s not. Enter the Sphere by Perfume, Capsule‘s producer and mastermind :