> This was mentioned recently, a little more info please? I looked thru the
> local Japanese import section and found a CD by a group simply called
> with a girl on the cover, is this the same thing?
Nah, I was initially confused as well.....not sure what 'Hal' sounds like,
but looks like another J-pop clone to me.
What label? Any
> recommended CDs/singles?
They're on Toshiba-EMI, under Suite Supuesto!, which the Nelories (early
'90s indie-pop duo) were on but which I guess has now become a branch of
Toshiba-EMI. I've the Hal from Heaven album (their first was it?) and the
Backfire Shuffle EP, both of which I recommend. One good hook after another
on the album; the songs are in slightly varying but there's a coherence
throughout the album so it doesn't sound patchy. Backfire Shuffle has songs
which are pretty much in the same vein, and the last track Nexus goes off on
this 15-minute droney lock-groove loop thing....nice. Did their sound change
after this earlier period?
They've an official site over at http://www.hal69.com/
What are they like
over in Japan?Was wondering how popular they were....they're on a major
label but seem to be willing to take a couple of chances here and there.