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- Night Blossom by Yui Onodera & The Beautiful Schizophonic
8/10 Mike Staff review, 14 December 2011
Time for this week's ambient corner, which today features this here collaboration between Yui Onodera and the Beautiful Schizophonic (which as far as I can tell is another name for Jorge Mantas). This is their second collaboration but I must admit I've not heard the first one. After an opening salvo of totally relaxed drone action, they mix things up a bit with some stuttering steam train samples in the foreground of the second track as the statuesque drones continue warmly in the background, then on the third track things are getting cosmic with a pleasantly concordant and twinkly mix of mid, low and high tones punctuated by Harold Budd-style tasteful piano. There are places where it sounds like a more synth-heavy take on A Winged Victory For The Sullen's tinkly ambient sensibilities too. In fact those snippets of steam train appear to be by some distance the most jarring sound on this CD, which otherwise exists within the new age drone template ranging from mistily nostalgic to heady and sinister, but it remains palatable throughout. If therapeutic drone is your bee, this will make you cry tears of pure honey.
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