下手の横好き世界5 by William Van Hecke

The Ritual Begins, Again: くじらむぼん

I’m lucky enough that both Rush and clammbon have new albums this month. So I get to perform my ritual again, this time for the Japanese band that has rivaled Rush as my favorite musicians for the past few years.

くじらむぼん

くじらむぼん

クラムボン

This is the first substantial recording clammbon ever released, but it’s one of the last few for me to get my hands on. Back when it was still plentiful in shops, I didn’t care enough about clammbon to be buying EPs. By the time I started caring very much, because clammbon became pretty central to my life and operating a fan-site made me want to collect everything, it was nowhere to be found. I spent a couple of years scouring used CD shops for it every time I came to Japan. Finally, this past January, for some reason there was a brand-new copy sitting on the shelf at Tower Records in Shinjuku. I bought it up and left the store like I’d just gotten away with murder.

It’s a perfectly logical lead-up to their first album, and really quite impressive for how early in the band’s career it was made, fresh out of school. “ちいさなふたりのかくれんぼ” is one of my favorite clammbon songs now, aye, one of my favorite songs by anyone.