Cloudy Cloud Calculator

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Cloudy Cloud Calculator
Cloudy Cloud Calculator alternate cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 10, 1997 (1997-12-10)
GenreShibuya-kei
Length37:57
Label
Producer
Takako Minekawa chronology
Athletica
(1997)
Cloudy Cloud Calculator
(1997)
Ximer
(1998)

Cloudy Cloud Calculator is the third studio album by Japanese musician Takako Minekawa, released on December 10, 1997. It was released by Polystar in Japan and by Emperor Norton Records in the United States.[1] Minekawa played almost every instrument on the album and produced, arranged, wrote, and sang nearly all its songs.[2]

Minekawa toured in the United States to support the album. The album Ximer, released in 1998, featured remixes of Cloudy Cloud Calculator by artists including Cornelius, Markus Popp, Sukia, and Michiko Endo (Citrus).[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork6.7/10[2]

Heather Phares of AllMusic described Cloudy Cloud Calculator as one of Minekawa's "finest and most unusual moments" and "highly inventive, restrained pop".[4] Musician Guide called the album's tracks "wonderfully cute, all-synthesizer musings."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Takako Minekawa, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Micro Mini Cool" 2:53
2."Milk Rock" 3:45
3."Phonobaloon Song" 2:32
4."Cat House" 3:41
5."Cloud Chips"2:10
6."Kraftpark (Micro Trip Edit)" 2:58
7."Kangaroo Pocket Calculator" 3:45
8."Black Forest"
  • Minekawa
  • Silvie TV Game
3:41
9."International Velvet" 3:20
10."Cloud Cuckoo Land"
  • Minekawa
  • Plain Vanilla
4:59
11."Telstar"Joe Meek4:13
Total length:37:57

Personnel[edit]

  • Takako Minekawa – synthesizer, guitar (acoustic), bass, arrangement, drums, guitar (electric), recording, vocals, production, vocoder
  • Tetsuya Kotani – engineering
  • Sheila Sachs – design
  • Atsushi Tsuyama – drums
  • Mariko Yamamoto – art direction, design
  • Seiichi Yamamoto – synthesizer, arrangement, bass (electric), guitar (electric), production, performance
  • SuGar Yoshinaga – guitar (acoustic), guitar (electric), production, rhythm box

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Takako Minekawa". Musician Guide. Retrieved September 21, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Richard-San, Mark. "Takako Minekawa: Cloudy Cloud Calculator". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on January 18, 2000. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Takako Minekawa". Nippop. Retrieved September 21, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Cloudy Cloud Calculator – Takako Minekawa". AllMusic. Retrieved March 5, 2018.