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Totally enchanted by the Smile Down Upon Us album. It's a new collaboration by old folkers Phelan/Sheppard & a delightful lass called moomLooo who is based in Tokyo. She adds to this kaleidoscopic tapestry of organic & found sound an air of childlike glee & wonderment, embellishing the sunkissed twinkling universe of sound with happy mantra poetry. It's a very realised & multi hued ...

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Smile Down Upon Us by Smile Down Upon Us
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 24 July 2008
Totally enchanted by the Smile Down Upon Us album. It's a new collaboration by old folkers Phelan/Sheppard & a delightful lass called moomLooo who is based in Tokyo. She adds to this kaleidoscopic tapestry of organic & found sound an air of childlike glee & wonderment, embellishing the sunkissed twinkling universe of sound with happy mantra poetry. It's a very realised & multi hued work. Her pure vocals fall somewhere between Bjork & Sinaed O'Connor (except when she's intoning in Japanese!) and the instrumentation is incredibly warm and inviting, rhythmical and deeply layered. It's an album that just screams to be hosted by Static Caravan & I already feel it's my favourite since the first Tunng album, it's that cosy, breathtaking & charming! Falling in neither strictly folk nor electronic bracket, finding a wide open crevice to mine through in the centre, there's a real sexiness to the snaking, twinkling & chiming sounds littering this self titled debut! It definitely has a hypnotic aura of magic & a very sensual future folk feel about it. Simply a free flowing collection of absorbing songs to appeal to fans of everyone from Ghost, James Blackshaw, Psapp or Tunng (....even Lali Puna!), just to lovers of exotic folk & aural spine tinglers everywhere! An absolute gem!



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