downy, a five-piece founded in 2000 under the creative eye of the band's frontman, Aoki Robin (vocals/guitar), excel in hypnotic instrumentalism, combining virtuosic drums and mind-cradling basslines with soft, often falsetto vocals, resulting in captivating post-rock shoegaze.
This song, 春と修羅 ("Spring and Carnage") is a great example of their sound. Blisteringly cool drums keep up a hyper drum 'n' bass beat, removing and adding snare to dynamic effect, as a feverish bassline buzzes alongside. A gentle piano melody highlights the song's soft side, as do Robin's crooning vocals. Stuttering guitars appear later, with a set of dreamy synth chords. It's beautiful, yet retains this anxious urgency that has you jiggling your toes whilst your top half sways along to the wash of it all. It's taken from '『無題』', or 'Untitled', their upcoming fifth album (as well as their fifth 'Untitled' release) and the first in a long while, since they temporarily disbanded in 2004.