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Japanese songstress Takako Minekawa hasn’t brought out an album since 2000, when she married Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius!) and presumably settled down. I’m not sure what led her to this collaboration with former Ponytail guitarist and solo loop-master Dustin Wong but whatever it was, I’m glad it’s happened. I’d unretire if I had a chance to make an album with Dustin ...

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Toropical Circle by Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong
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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 18 June 2013

Japanese songstress Takako Minekawa hasn’t brought out an album since 2000, when she married Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius!) and presumably settled down. I’m not sure what led her to this collaboration with former Ponytail guitarist and solo loop-master Dustin Wong but whatever it was, I’m glad it’s happened. I’d unretire if I had a chance to make an album with Dustin Wong too.

I’m not familiar with her ‘90s output but she has a soft, gentle voice which reminds me of the girl from Tenniscoats and of course Wong’s guitar plays a pivotal role throughout this record (save the occasional track where Minekawa seems to take the fore, such as the neo-baroque instrumental ‘Bell Tree Dancers’), with his inimitable bright fluttering loops of intricate fretwork providing a base over which Minekawa’s breathy vocalisations can float, delicately melodic and gently kinetic.

This is gorgeous stuff, and I can’t believe there’s no LP version. Hopefully one will materialise eventually [since posting this review I have been assured by the label that one is on the way on Thrill Jockey]. Either way, this CD has brightened up my day considerably with its carefree melodies and lovelorn experimental pop textures. I’m delighted to report that it’s every bit as blissful as I hoped it would be. Essential listening for fans of either artist.


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