Capsule (4)

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Capsule (カプセル, kapuseru?), stylised as "capsule" on earlier releases and as "CAPSULE" from 2013, is a Japanese duo formed by Yasutaka Nakata (co-producer, art director, responsible for all lyrics and music) and Toshiko Koshijima (vocals). They debuted in 2001, when their their first single was released by Yamaha Music. In 2003 Yasutaka created his own label Contemode and has produced other artists on the label.

On their first album, their sound was standard J-Pop, but with "Cutie Cinema Replay", they changed to Shibuya-kei sound, then later, slowly moved towards electro pop and then electro house.
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Albums

YCCW-00033 Capsule (4) - ハイカラ・ガール illustration d'album Capsule (4) ハイカラ・ガール(CD, Album) Yamaha Music Communications YCCW-00033 Japan 2001 Vendre cette version
YCCW-00046 Capsule (4) - Phony Phonic illustration d'album Capsule (4) Phony Phonic(CD, Album) Contemode YCCW-00046 Japan 2003 Vendre cette version
YCCW-00041 Capsule (4) - Cutie Cinema Replay illustration d'album Capsule (4) Cutie Cinema Replay(CD, Album) Contemode YCCW-00041 Japan 2003 Vendre cette version
YCCW-10001 Capsule (4) - S.F. Sound Furniture illustration d'album Capsule (4) S.F. Sound Furniture(CD, Album) Contemode YCCW-10001 Japan 2004 Vendre cette version
YCCC-10002 Capsule (4) - Nexus-2060 illustration d'album Capsule (4) Nexus-2060(CD, Album) Contemode YCCC-10002 Japan 2005 Vendre cette version
YCCC-10003, YCCC 10003 Capsule (4) - L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer illustration d'album Capsule (4) L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer(CD, Album) Contemode, Yamaha YCCC-10003, YCCC 10003 Japan 2005 Vendre cette version
YCCC-10005 Capsule (4) - FRUITS CLiPPER illustration d'album Capsule (4) FRUITS CLiPPER(CD, Album) Contemode YCCC-10005 Japan 2006 Vendre cette version
YCCC-10008 Capsule (4) - Sugarless GiRL illustration d'album Capsule (4) Sugarless GiRL(CD, Album) Contemode YCCC-10008 Japan 2007 Vendre cette version
YCCC-10011 Capsule (4) - Flash Back illustration d'album Capsule (4) Flash Back(CD, Album) Contemode YCCC-10011 Japan 2007 Vendre cette version
Capsule (4) - More! More! More! illustration d'album Capsule (4) More! More! More! (Album) Contemode Japan 2008 Vendre cette version
Capsule (4) - Player illustration d'album Capsule (4) Player (Album) Contemode Japan 2010 Vendre cette version
Capsule (4) - Stereo Worxxx illustration d'album Capsule (4) Stereo Worxxx (Album) Yamaha Music Communications Japan 2012 Vendre cette version
Capsule (4) - World Of Fantasy illustration d'album Capsule (4) World Of Fantasy (Album) Yamaha Music Communications, Contemode Japan 2011 Vendre cette version
Capsule (4) - Caps Lock illustration d'album Capsule (4) Caps Lock (Album) Warner Music Japan, UnBorde Japan 2013 Vendre cette version
Capsule (4) - Wave Runner illustration d'album Capsule (4) Wave Runner (Album) Warner Music Japan, UnBorde, Asobi System Japan 2015 Vendre cette version

Singles & EPs

YCDW-00003 Capsule (4) - 花火 illustration d'album Capsule (4) 花火(CD, Maxi) Yamaha Music Communications YCDW-00003 Japan 2001 Vendre cette version
YCDW-00005 Capsule (4) - 東京喫茶 illustration d'album Capsule (4) 東京喫茶(CD, Maxi) Yamaha Music Communications YCDW-00005 Japan 2001 Vendre cette version
YCDW-00002 Capsule (4) - さくら illustration d'album Capsule (4) さくら(CD, Maxi) Yamaha Music Communications YCDW-00002 Japan 2001 Vendre cette version
YCDW-00011, none Capsule (4) - プラスチックガール illustration d'album Capsule (4) プラスチックガール(CD, Maxi) Yamaha Music Communications, Contemode YCDW-00011, none Japan 2002 Vendre cette version
YCDW-00009 Capsule (4) - Music Controller illustration d'album Capsule (4) Music Controller(CD, Maxi) Contemode YCDW-00009 Japan 2002 Vendre cette version
YCAW-00001 Capsule (4) - Cutie Cinema Pre-Play illustration d'album Capsule (4) Cutie Cinema Pre-Play(12") Contemode, Yamaha Music Communications Co., Ltd. YCAW-00001 Japan 2003 Vendre cette version
YCDW-00013, none Capsule (4) - キャンディー キューティー illustration d'album Capsule (4) キャンディー キューティー(CD, Maxi) Yamaha Music Communications, Contemode YCDW-00013, none Japan 2003 Vendre cette version
YCAW-00002 Capsule (4) - Idol Fancy illustration d'album Capsule (4) Idol Fancy(12") Contemode YCAW-00002 Japan 2003 Vendre cette version
YCAW-10001 Capsule (4) - Portable Airport illustration d'album Capsule (4) Portable Airport(12") Contemode YCAW-10001 Japan 2004 Vendre cette version
YCDW-00015 Capsule (4) - レトロメモリー illustration d'album Capsule (4) レトロメモリー(CD, Single) Contemode YCDW-00015 Japan 2004 Vendre cette version

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bandybowman

bandybowman

17 août 2016
Of the Shibuya-Kei artists of the late 90's-early 00's, Capsule's music was among the most appealing for both its sincere lightheartedness and excellent arrangements/production. I've heard them compared to Pizzicato Five but personally I feel that Capsule had a more consistent and fully-realized sound than that band did. There's a stretch of at least four great albums that they put out from 2003-2005, each of which is well worth owning.

During the late 00's their sound completely changed and they now make slickly-produced but bland and mediocre club music. Perhaps you could call them bandwagon riders from the start since they were one of the last big Shibuya-Kei artists of the movement, but any amount of sincere lightheartedness of songs like "Cosmic Tone Cooking" or "Happy Life Generator" was supplanted by dirtier, more unpleasant songs like "I Just Wanna XXX You". What's particularly noteworthy about this is how quickly and jarringly this transition was made: many bands would ease slightly into a new sound, but the immediacy with which their approach changed was quite something. It really does feel like two completely separate entities that split off with the release of FRUITS CLiPPER in 2006.

Still, a wonderful early career with many highlights.

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