Lamp “Lamp Gensou” interview & liner notes (2008)

Lamp’s fourth album, Lamp Gensou, was released in late 2008. The band conducted a Tower Records exclusive interview in commemoration of its release, also publishing “liner notes” where all three members wrote about their thoughts on each song on the album.

Here are English translations of both the interview and the song-by-song commentary.

Original text: Masaru Yokota (interview), Lamp (liner notes)
English translation: Henkka
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— This is your first original album in three and a half years and I’m sure your fans have been waiting for it eagerly. How do you feel about the album now that it’s finished?

Taiyo Someya: Right. Well, let’s just say that if we got into a car accident or something and died right after this album was released, in effect making this our final album… I think I would be left with so much regret in the afterlife. If I’m going to die in the near future, I hope we at least get to release one more album before that happens. (laughs)

Kaori Sakakibara: That’s awful! (laughs)

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Lamp “Tokyo Utopia Tsuushin” column (2011)

Back in February 2011, Taiyo Someya wrote a four-part column for HMV ONLINE to commemorate the release of Tokyo Utopia Tsuushin. In it, he details the early history of Lamp and their journey towards the release of what was at the time their latest album.

Original text: Taiyo Someya (parts one, two, three & four)
English translation: Henkka
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You can buy Lamp’s music directly from the band, both physically and digitally, on Bandcamp.

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tokyoutopiatsuushinWith Lamp’s previous album, Lamp Gensou, they quite literally to its name gave us an album full of fleeting, illusional beauty; a sound world drawing a line between music you’d normally expect to hear in this day and age; an innovative masterpiece in modern pop music. Hachigatsu no Shijou, a limited edition EP released in mid-2010, had summer as its theme, and on it they once again portrayed the fleetingness of the seasons in its lyrics, along with sound imagery that made for a perfect companion to the words. It showed us the world of Lamp richer than ever before, opening new possibilities for them as a band.

Now, Lamp are releasing their long-awaited new album, Tokyo Utopia Tsuushin, recorded alongside the Hachigatsu no Shijou EP with about a year and half of work behind it. It’s something that needs to be called the “rebirth” of Lamp; a condensation of tighter rhythm arrangements and even more of the characteristics that make up the “Lamp sound.” It features their usual brand of beautiful lyrics that capture places in time: the cold and the warmth of winter; nostalgic sensations we’ve all once experienced; a man and a woman in an imaginary place, in an imaginary town. Those lyrics are placed on top of a new sound, making for an 8-song masterpiece of the highest order. The sounds on it show an exceedingly distinctive brilliance among the current music scene; a kind of originality that — even looking back — is something only Lamp could’ve produced. It’s something on a whole new level altogether. —HMV

No matter how you slice it,
they’re a band just brimming with the
freshness of someone who does their own thing.
And that’s regardless of the maturity that’s
instantly audible in their musicianship.
There aren’t many people like that out there.
That’s what makes them so great.

Tomita Lab (Keiichi Tomita)

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2ch: “Frequent occurrences with Final Fantasy”

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Fapping to the female characters.

15: 名無し募集中。。。 2007/06/09(土) 00:47:28.79 0
Continuously doing 9999 damage to enemies after you reach the higher levels.

17: 名無し募集中。。。 2007/06/09(土) 00:48:33.64 0
Feeling slight remorse at having accidentally used Esuna when a simple Poisona would’ve sufficed.

18: 名無し募集中。。。 2007/06/09(土) 00:49:41.26 0
Almost never using items to cure status ailments.

21: 名無し募集中。。。 2007/06/09(土) 00:50:20.21 0
Trying to cure an ally’s Confusion by attacking them, but ending up killing them instead.
Or, their Evasion is so high that you just keep missing them.

24: 名無し募集中。。。 2007/06/09(土) 00:51:13.43 0
Noticing your characters doing odd dance steps during battle.

28: 名無し募集中。。。 2007/06/09(土) 00:52:58.65 0
Never using Bio.

38: カオス ◆/AIKA/SBzk 2007/06/09(土) 00:54:32.73 0
Never being so desperate that you’d actually need to use a Megalixir.

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