Audio Sponge album cover
Audio Sponge

Sketch Show , Haruomi Hosono

Daisyworld Discs

“Audio sponge” is as apt a descriptor for Hosono’s musical sensibilities as “omni-sightseeing music” or “mental sports” and it serves as an accurate title for this early ‘00s album from Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi. The two concoct an effervescent vision of electronic glitchy pop that files nicely alongside Mouse on Mars, Stereolab, and laptop-era Jim O’Rourke. Small whirrs, blips, and Beach Boys harmonies all mingle and you don’t have to squint to hear how a few songs featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto constitute a full YMO reunion.

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