11.11.15

We Are Mortal

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Tonight was the night, folks, and as we made our way to Tower Records beneath the picture-perfect roiling clouds and rain-soaked sky, the first thing we noticed upon arrival was this sign over the door (salaryman shown for scale.)



Yes, that's right, folks. Not only did it rain in a deliciously languorous and existentially despairing sort of way all day long, tonight was a Tower Records party in The Mortal's honor! The display advertising the new album was right smack in front of the main entrance, thus:


The writing beneath the 3D foam core cutouts of the band members reads, "The Mortal's Long-Awaited First Album: aesthetics to the max! The dark and altogether too-gorgeous songs are so sexy you'll tremble!" Somebody at Tower is a major Mortal fanboy, and I kind of think it's the events coordinator.


But that wasn't all! On the wall facing the CD displays was this larger-than-life mural that filled the entire wall!


And if that picture doesn't convey how big it is, maybe this one will! (Mysterious hooded goth figure shown for scale.)


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But perhaps the best moment of the night was when we returned home and attempted to rip the album to our computer using iTunes, and the Gracenote database came up with the track information. The listed genre: "Religious."

Welcome to the Church of Acchan-chan, y'all. Just stand under the rain, think about cats, look up at the moon, dream a dream, fondly remember your mother, devotedly kiss your pet skull, grab your own balls, feel vaguely aroused, and feel the prayer. PRAISE BE!

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In other news, The Mortal have announced a new tour goods item: The Mortal Eau de Toilette. Ladies and gentlemen, I once again sincerely apologize for failing to predict this, as it's entirely too predictable. And congrats to Mr. Sakurai, because he's on a roll here - this will be the second corpse-themed perfume he'll have released in the past year, and I'm doubting even Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab can out-goth that one (n.b. to those of you who are currently in goth school and taking the elective course Image & Appearance 315 "Scents and Sensibility: A Guide to Gothic Perfumery" - this might...just MIGHT...be on the pop quiz tomorrow. You've been warned.)


From The Mortal's official site:

Eau de Toilette "The Mortal"
price: 6900 yen
volume: 50 ml (1.70 fluid ounces)
ingredients: alcohol, fragrance, water
made in Japan

To express, in a scent, the sensibility of The Mortal with Sakurai Atsushi at its center, Eau de Toilette "The Mortal" was born.

As time passes, the fruity, inviting scent transforms into a luxurious floral note underneath, with musk plucking the main melody on the strings of this sensual fragrance.

*Supplies at the live dates will be limited, so we recommend that customers order through the B-T web shop

What follows is an impressively long list of disclaimers advising that the perfume cannot be returned unless the item is faulty, that the perfume is flammable and thus cannot be shipped by air mail, and that fangirls should absolutely definitely most certainly not use this perfume if they have allergies, sensitive skin, or other relevant problems.

Sadly, due to Japanese law regarding transport of dangerous substances, this perfume cannot be shipped through the international post. Why is the perfume dangerous, you ask? Well, it's basically a DEATH IN A BOTTLE, you know. The name ought to speak for itself! Also, it contains alcohol and therefore they are afraid you might drink it (the Japanese postal authorities are well aware of the fact that all Buck-Tick fans are incurable alcoholics. They're remarkably thorough that way.) Also, this perfume is literally so slitheringly sultry and sensual and sexylicious that the authorities are afraid it might inadvertently turn into a SEX bomb and BLOW blow up any plane carrying it. 

So, sorry, fans. If you were hoping to buy this EAU DE MORTALITÉ so you could smell like Acchan-chan's armpit hair, you are out of luck. If you are were hoping to buy this so you could smell like the inside of Jake's moist and steamy knickers, you are out of luck...probably. But if you really, really want it, go ahead and send us an email and we'll see what we can do. International perfume couriers have been known to pass our way from time to time. Depending on what country you live in, we may be able to swing it.

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That's all for now, more soon.

30 comments:

  1. After listening to the album, the next thing I can't wait for is for you to keep your promise and write a review on I Am Mortal.

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    1. I plan to write a review, but please be aware it may take some time. There's a lot going on in Buck-Tickistan these days and Cayce will be traveling to see it all.

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    2. Will wait as long as it takes. ;)

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  2. Oh my! I've been waiting for it to be released. I never really expected the perfume...hahaha

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  3. Oh Cayce, I so love your writings and your sense of humor!
    And I'm sure I'll be praying in the Church of Acchan-chan as soon as I will be able to listen to the whole album on my stereo... I guess it will end up in eargasm.

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  4. Thanks for the photos of your excursion! ...wonder if I can put a bottle of that bottled death in my carry-on luggage...

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    1. Carry-on luggage is okay! Email me if you need help.

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  5. Okay, next time I have to fill in a poll, I know which religion to choose. That and the ad pretty much sum it XD

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  6. A warning to y'all: this album is HELLA noisy and very, very unlike Buck-Tick. If you think you new Mr. Sakurai...turns out, you don't! It can be overwhelming at first (and that's all I'm going to say because there are no more words for this sound) but my advice: give it another ten listens before you decide you don't like it. Oh, and listen to it on the best speakers you have. Compression wreaks havoc on massively detailed humongous soundscapes like this one.

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    1. Not overwhelmed at all. I like it very much and was definitely excpecting this sound from the band. If people are disappointed, then the fault is in their own excpectations. And this is another project, completely unrelated to BT so why should people complain that it's different from BT? If you want them just wait until Imai ends this flirt with the industrial music and Maki Fuji. The Mortal is not BT and I don't think they wanna be.

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    2. I don't know how people will respond to the album as I assume most people haven't heard it yet. I have heard no fan criticism so far...and of course no one is expecting this to be B-T. But it's a much more extreme departure from the sonic world of B-T than Sakurai's previous solo project. To people who were already fans of noise, grunge, and dare I say it...thrash metal...this will feel like coming home. To people who came at Buck-Tick from the pop side of things, I think it's going to be a lot to digest at first, which is why I want to encourage everyone not to give up after one or two listens. There's a lot of sonic information in each track and it takes a while to process it all into something that makes sense. I recommend a dark room, big speakers, and a nice glass of wine. I do not recommend an iphone speaker or YouTube on a crowded train. This album was not mixed for the digital age.

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    3. P.S. I honestly think if you're not overwhelmed, then you're missing something. Mr. Sakurai stated in multiple interviews that this was meant to be catharsis a la Greek (or in this case, Shakespearean) tragedy. I think he succeeded in that stupendously, but if it leaves you feeling blase I think perhaps the drug has not kicked in yet (though I realize that part of the emotional intensity of this comes from the lyrics, which I promise I will translate soon.)

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    4. I totally understand your warning. I've read one fan that commented how Sakurai's voice is unsuited for noisy music. With that in mind, I'm looking forward listening to the album.

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    5. I was finding it too much for my laptop speakers when the samples came out on Youtube. On top of the incredible noise and not much else, it's really hard to get the feel for a song when it starts in the middle. My headphones work better - the live concert's gonna be flippin' fantasmic.

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    6. I couldn't listen to the YouTube clips because the sound was execrable...like broken guitar strings being dragged over a radiator with a vacuum cleaner on in the background. This album is a reason to buy good speakers. I wish they released it to vinyl, maybe if I say it enough times they'll take the hint.

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    7. Oh oh oh vinyl would be wonderful. It's the reason I bought the Aku no Hana set; I haven't even popped the CD out of the case yet.
      And yeah, that's a pretty accurate description. Haha. I've got to say though, it's easier to hear it when you know what you're listening to.

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    8. I am totally overwhelmed by the album, I'm not overwhelmed as in "confused" by it. The noise and the multilayers are evident, but I am comfortable with it. Frankly speaking, no Imai fan can complain of something being "too noisy",hahah. Remember when y'all were new BT fans and there were some albums and songs which you didn't know what to make of, but then they really grew on you and sometimes even became your favorite? Same with this one and this requires a few listens I agree, though I already loved many songs at first listen. I'm really looking forward to your lyrics' translation. I recognized some familiar phrases and words. And I insist, do not listen to the album with BT in mind just because is Sakurai.

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  7. Thanks Cayce for the pictures and the post. I guess I have been indoctrinated willy nilly into the Church of Acchan-chan. I can't say I love the album. I do love some of the songs to bits, and like the album as a whole but I don't like it as much as some of my favourite BT albums.

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    1. Thank you for proving the point I was trying to make above! As I was saying, it's not fair to levy a judgment on an album you've only been listening to for a day. A lot of really good music is multi-layered and it can take a while to fully appreciate. Maybe you still won't end up liking it, but let's wait a week at least, first.

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  8. I have singed myself into the church of Guignol and I will never leave the place.

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  9. As a fan of thrash metal I can't wait to hear this!! Thanks Cayce for the post.

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  10. From what I´ve heard so far I only like 夢 and ギニョル as I seem to have a thing for trancelike songs.
    But anyway, I get the feeling that Sakurai started to get sick of the big amount of pop songs Imai has been throwing at him for the last years and went over to the opposite extreme.

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  11. Thanks, Cayce. The images and your comments make this virtual visit to The Mortal 'shrine' almost real. First I felt kind of jealous at the thought of separating Mr Sakurai from Buck-Tick (so fond of Imai's music and sounds and noises). But when had a chance to listen to Spirit was completely messmerized. Sorry Mr Once-in-a-generation Genius, I'm looking forward to being overwhelmed by The Mortal album...

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  12. Love your post Cayce! Mine came in yesterday and all I can say is I love the entire album. From start to finish. My favorites are 月and グロテスク. I'm looking forward to reading your review!

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  13. Would you mind giving us a few teasing hints concerning the lyrics?

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  14. Jjjajaj , I love how you write !!! Greetings from Santiago de Chile

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  15. Geez Louise, now this album is something else entirely. I was wrong to worry after those painful youtube previews, because, when I finally listened to it I felt that Cayce was right... (duh, as always) This does deserve to be listened to in the company of a glass of wine. It did feel overwhelming and bewitching and ... the noise actually does not feel uncomfortable. The more I listen to the songs the more new sounds peel off to reveal others I had not noticed beforehand. And I swear that it feels as if Mr Sakurai is softly reciting poems in one or two bits, or chanting so as to not wake up cats that dreaming away with dew on their whiskers (then again there are others remind me of watching sunsets over Florence over a bottle of Chianti). I've only reached number 5 or 6 out of Cayce's 10 recommended listening, so I will just have sit tight, and diligently wait till I get to my 10th or 11th listening and wait for your translations or reports like a good student in the Bucktistan Master class. Sorry for the long message, Catalina Delana

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  16. Just a short line to say a big thank you for the lyrics translations! :) looking forward to the rest and to the extensive notes, they're sure to be a treat

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  17. I had the page open on the picture of the perfume, when my partner walked by and asked me why I was looking at a tiny picture of Che Guevara with a skull covering his mouth.

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