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WATCH: Fujiya & Miyagi YoYo Video
The Quietus , December 10th, 2010 09:37

Those lovely people Fujiya & Miyagi have given us the exclusive look at their new video for the single 'YoYo'.

And here's what the F&M camp have to say about the project:

From an album inspired by ventriloquist’s dummies, here’s a single about YoYos, or more specifically, about an individual who goes "up and down like a YoYo". In line with Fujiya & Miyagi’s dark new direction, 'YoYo' is a sinister sting of flesh-creeping funk with crunching feedback, insistent bass and half-whispered vocals.

“'YoYo' is about people being unable to make their minds up without outside influences,” says singer/guitarist David Best. “It could also be about mood swings or it could just be about a YoYo. I like songs about YoYos, such as Art Ensemble Of Chicago's 'Theme De YoYo', and I'm sure there are many more.”

Following the free download track 'Sixteen Shades Of Black & Blue', 'YoYo' is the first single proper from Ventriloquizzing, the Brighton band’s most accomplished recording to date. Their fourth album, it finds Fujiya & Miyagi returning with a renewed sense of purpose. “We wanted to make a record that was different fromhttp://thequietus.com/admin/articles/05431-watch-fujiya-miyagi-yoyo-video/edit anything we had done before,” says David. Bassist Matt Hainsby agrees: “We wanted to try things that would take us in a new direction musically and create a different atmosphere.”

And the atmosphere is notably darker than before – forceful, aggressive and confrontational, but all the while maintaining the taut, minimalistic funk and dark humour that’s become their calling card.

“The title Ventriloquizzing comes from the idea of people speaking for you, like adults do with babies,” says singer/guitarist David Best.

To reflect this, the band (David and synth player Steve Lewis, bassist Matt Hainsby and drummer Lee Adams) had a set of four Fujiya & Miyagi dummies made up to appear in photos and videos in place of the band. Their debut video appearance can be seen in this trailer for the album:

“Dummies are thought of as creepy; they can reflect a split personality, and that relates to the idea of being in a group, where you are presented as one entity, even though everyone comes from different angles and thinks about one thing very differently from the others.”

“Once or twice I’ve been caught with the little doppelgänger on my knee chatting away,” says Matt. “I'm not sure it's the most healthy pastime.”

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