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It has been 4 years since we released the first album 'Slowly Better' by Oversleep Excuse, a Tokyo-based alternative rock band made up of American, British, and Japanese musicians. This album featuring a steel-pan, a musical instrument originating from Trinidad, received many fans from avant-pop, electronica, and post-rock music scene such as The Album Leaf, Mice Parade, Radiohead, Sigur Rós, múm, The Appleseed Cast, and The Velvet Teen. Now, we are proud to release their second album 'Universe' on 7th June, 2018.
After headlining two music festivals, BAY BEATS in Singapore and Spring Scream in Taiwan, they created a new sound. Following the first album, this upcoming second album is filled with a sinking feeling such as electronica and post-rock music in North America and Europe, but also includes their own signature sound by using steel-pan, karimba, piano, and the gentle and languorous voice of the vocalist, Matthew. You will feel like you are walking on air once you hear their refreshing, bittersweet, and slightly twisted, pop music.
With this release, you can also get a post card designed by Russell Reed and Ricco Label's music catalog CD; All of which are also part of the CD package deals only available on the Ricco Label website.
A band from Tokyo comprising American, British, and Japanese members. Having played together in previous projects, Matthew Guay and Adam Gyenes formed Oversleep Excuse in 2005, and after trying some different line-ups, settled as a four piece with Japanese members Mami Matsuzaka and Kazumoto Shoji. Intent on breaking out of the guitar/ bass/ drums mold, Oversleep Excuse expand their sound palette with piano, kalimbas and a steel pan, as well as utilizing electronic elements. The use of the steel pan in particular (the Trinidadian instrument) became a signature of their sound on their debut album, 2014's 'Slowly Better' (RIC017), yet the way the band incorporate it into their songs sounds far removed from the Caribbean. Rather, their sound has sometimes been called 'Nordic' and classified as 'Post rock', or 'Avant-pop', though neither of these descriptors is a perfect fit. Live sets see the members rotate duties on different instruments from song to song. Matthew Guay is primarily vocalist and guitarist, but also plays steel pan and occasionally drums. Mami Matsuzaka originally joined as drummer, but is also skilled on piano and keys, and plays steel pan too. Adam Gyenes plays guitar, drums, synthesizer and steel pan as well. Only bassist Yoshitomo Tanaka sticks to one role. Oversleep Excuse frequently play live in Tokyo, and went to Singapore to play the Baybeats festival in 2016, and Spring Scream in Taiwan in 2018. Original Bass player Kazumoto Shoji left the group prior to the release of Slowly Better in 2014 and was replaced by Yoshitomo Tanaka. With the new line up they spent 3 years honing a new set of songs which they have recorded themselves, and release their follow-up album 'Universe' in 2018.