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- Weekendary by Flica
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Flica is known to his close friends and family as Euseng Seto and he's made this lovely album on the Mu-Nest label. Inspired and influenced by Japanese instrumental hip-hop but with a more cinematic approach to music, Seto has made something in the realms of easy listening. Now, I know a lot of you would run a mile at the thought of easy listening and I wouldn’t blame you really. From the outset this is all a bit too coffee table, dinner jazz, ambient. Slow hip-hop beats overlaid with semi-classical strings and the odd flutter of acoustic guitar.
20 odd years ago you could’ve filed this alongside acts like Enya, Enigma and if you were a bit cool then maybe Massive Attack. But for some odd reason ‘Weekendary’ keeps me listening till the end and it’s quite good. The hip-hop beats aren’t too over the top, there’s a bit of a glitchy sound to give it a bit more of a credible electronica feel, there’s some nice real instrumentation to it by way of a bass guitar keeping the melody throughout, and the Rhodes piano he uses reminds me of The Album Leaf.
It’s no surprise to me that Flica has released albums on the Tokyo based Schole label. I recall Richard here describing this kind of music as “everything’s alright music”, which is spot on with Schole, Flau, etc.
Music to make you feel all warm and fluffy inside!
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