Changing its group name “capsule” to capitalized letters, CAPSULE released their first album from unBORDE label, after its 10-year career at Yamaha Music Communications. unBORDE is a minor label from Warner Music Japan, where Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, RIP SLYME, androp, Shinsei Kamattechan, tofubeats and many other popular artists belong. The title of the album is “CAPS LOCK,” which is the name of the case conversion function key on a computer keyboard, and links with their new group name. The song titles in the album are also named after each key on a keyboard, such as “HOME,” “SHIFT,” and “RETURN.”
Yasutaka Nakata of the group has released a new album after an absence of nearly a year, meanwhile producing all of Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's numbers and having expanding his popularity by representing other artists. The album contains many calm and relaxing tunes which are good for personal in-room entertainment, whereas the previous album “STEREO WORXXX” had many dance floor tunes leading the crowds’ enthusiasm to the peak. Many fans may have had a big surprise when listening to the new album, as it isn’t the typical “Yasutaka Nakata music,” meaning electronic pop music such as that of Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
However, the change in melody is very normal if it is considered to be a reaction to the rising demand for upper tunes this past year. For example, track 4 of the album “12345678” has the sound of Progressive Rock or German Rock, and track 6 “ESC” has a hint of contemporary music. Track 7 “SPACE” has an expanding and spreading image, like a piece from a film soundtrack. The album contains a track featuring the fellow member Toshiko Koshijima’s vocoder, but this typical “Nakata music” sounds almost odd in the new album.
“CAPS LOCK” is a piece by Nakata as a musician, not as a producer or DJ. He could play either of the roles depending on the situation, but now his role is clear. An apt comparison to describe this drastic change would be a second Ryuichi Sakamoto, not a second Tetsuya Komuro. The more he responds to people, the stronger the push-back will be, and the more he answers the needs of the age, the more entertaining he will be. There is no wonder his music was distributed in 110 countries around the world. The reactions of the cutting-edge listeners and fans including global fashionistas to Nakata’s upcoming works, is something to keep an eye on.
CAPSULE- launched by Yasutaka Nakata (songwriter and producer) and Toshiko Koshijima (vocal) in 1997. 14 albums released till now, with release of debut single “Sakura” in 2001. Nakata is also part of the duo COLTEMONIKHA with designer/model Kate Sakai.