Happy Family - Toscco (expanded)
This title has been out of print for ages, but in anticipation of their new, third album, we made one last printing. Here it is, with the previously Japanese-only bonus track "Dear My Daughter", while they last!
Happy Family are a Japanese instrumental quartet (keyboards, guitar, bass, drums) who are influenced by groups such as Magma, Univers Zero, Weidorje, King Crimson & Area. If you can imagine a full CD's worth of the kind of inspired playing & intensity of "De Futura", you'll have an idea of what they are about. This, their 2nd & last, notches up the energy level & shows more confidence & a "grittier" sound. This is a big step forward from their much appreciated first.
"Toscco is yet another miraculous progression on the frantic rock and prog Happy Family is so adept at constructing -- the album backs down from the straightforward energy of records like their self-titled release, and manages to add an epic melodic sense that could even suggest vague comparisons to Godspeed You Black Emperor!. The rock is still there, of course -- Toscco returns to the tight, intense riffing of previous records just often enough -- but there's a definite rise in the level of sophistication, making for slightly more atmospheric and slanted compositions. The fact that this stands as a large improvement over the already brilliant albums which preceded Toscco is nothing short of amazing."-Nitsuh Abebe/All Music Guide
"...a fully formed & highly individual voice. Tossco is a real find. (5 stars (highest) rating)"-Alternative Press.
"Sounds like Slayer playing Henry Cow charts" - a customer.