From Bubblegum To Sky

Imagine John Lennon is still alive and well, meditating daily and semi-retired in a Tokyo suburb, calmly composing music for only the most gleeful of Nintendo games. If that’s imaginable, the music of

From Bubblegum to Sky
makes sense. FBTS is really just Mario Hernandez, who grew up in Japan and shares that nation’s sense of cheerful cultural plunder. But Hernandez also shares the musical imagination of Oklahoma’s finest, the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne. And the strange electronic bloops of “My Thousand Years With Robots” and the most minimalist horn section in history on “Operation Big Beat” prove that Hernandez is a sonic auteur with a keen understanding of how little sound it actually takes to make perfectly infectious pop music.

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