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- Felicity by Yuiko
8/10 Phil Staff review, 07 November 2012
In amidst the chaff of the many, many promo CDs we get sent from artists, labels and distros was this little beastie. It’s worth persevering through the piles of endless gash to find the odd occasional beaut and here is one of those things I was just talking about.
Whereabouts Records (previous releases by Naph, Chihei Hatekayama and Yui Onodera) of Japan have released this sweet CD by Yuiko. Right from the start of the album you get slapped in the face by the fragility of the whole thing. At any point the music sounds like it’s gonna break. The music is delicate (and twee) Japanese folk with neoclassical elements and there’s some keyboards mincing about ‘n all.
It’s very sentimental sounding and it’s not a million miles away from the more ballady end of Bat For Lashes but more Japanese and twee and folky. There are some odd arrangements in there a la Julia Holter ‘n all. Some of the tracks remind me of the sweet songs you get at the end of Studio Ghibli films which make you weep after you’ve just been made to feel really good. Her voice is kinda classical sounding and she’s exercising it to its full range.With song titles like ‘Good Morning’, ‘Bird of Passage’, ‘Calm The Wind’, etc, I’m pretty sure that’ll give you an idea of what you’re in for. Ooh, I just heard a flute. Nice! I did really well to go through the entire review without mentioning Enya once.
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