P-Model – In A Model Room

P-Model – In a Model Room (1979). I’ve been listening to a lot of P-Model lately and you should too. They were a Japanese New Wave band from the late 1970s/early 1980s that ended up lasting until 1999. Anyway, I found their first two albums on Mutant Sounds. Their first one In a Model Room (1979) is the better of the two in my opinion, although both of them are just amazing. The closest thing I could compare it to is probably Devo or the Suburban Lawns as filtered through a Japanese lens. The second album Landsale (1980) is more conventional but even with that said, P-Model is pretty wild. There are similarities to The Plastics but there are major differences too.

One of the things that makes P-Model stand out is the insanely tight level of musicianship they employ. But even though its technically proficient it’s also stupidly ridiculous and minimal. Utterly brilliant. On other songs there is almost a synth-rockabilly vibe that is completely retarded and infectious. I challenge you the listener to listen to Kameari Pop and not have it stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

On Mutant Sounds, P-Model is described as an example of Zolo and although I have some contentions with this moniker, I would begrudgingly agree. A lot of what has been posted on Last Days could theoretically be placed in the Zolo-basket.

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2 Responses to P-Model – In A Model Room

  1. voodoojoo says:

    Man does this music grow on me. At first I thought a cool and minimalistic electric sound was only to be found in the resoundingly German Kraftwerk, but then I found out about the very French Synth Pop happening at around the same time, and that was more than enough for me. Kraftwerk was enough, but now I got to listen to Autobahn followed by Polaroid Roman Photo? As I listen to more of P-Model, I’m hitting my usual Last Days of Man On Earth brought-on brain meltdown as the totally Japanese counterpart enters my consciousness. On my first listen, I found the rhythms too stilted, the melodies too poppy. None of the elements fit together in my head. Goodness knows what happened since then, but it all sounds so cohesive, so well executed. It’s got that James Brown feeling of never playing a wrong note, just the best notes and chords possible, one after another. Perfect music again, thanks, Joe.

  2. JAMOOL says:

    Crazy that the one other comment is on the same day! I, too got into P-Model through those two albums. However as it turns out they have many more albums to delve into past that. Their instrumentation changes a lot but they are all kind of the same type of jerky New Wave albums. Go to youtube and look up “Logic Airforce”…released 20 years after their debut!! It’s amazing! I have listened to many P-Model albums and they really remained a great band their whole career. As much as I hate to say this, the 16-disc box set is the way to go…you really don’t want to miss anything with these guys.

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