Itoko Tama presents an album of her piano and voice pieces, her second solo release after a rich period working with Masakatsu Takagi. When The World Will Mix Well is written and performed with a delicate touch: Tama’s classical training shines through, but so does her familiarity with popular music song forms. A peaceful suite, released by Schole.
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7/10 Jamie Staff review, 22 March 2017
Hello. I have some ‘pretty’ music for you. No, honestly, that’s the word: pretty. Graceful, gently played piano. Itoko Tomo strokes her keyboard with the lightest of touches. Toma is a new one to me, and I’ve heard *quite* a lot of classically trained musicians offering their works over the years. Not only does she play her instrument beautifully elegantly, she sings too.
Toma sings very sweetly in fact, in that curiously sweet and vulnerable way that we often hear from Japanese musicians. One such example of sugariness can be heard on ‘Fantasia’, the kind of song you can picture soundtracking an Instagrammed video of the sun setting over a deserted beach. Watery arpeggios are frequently suggestive of waves softly lapping and tickling the smoothest of sandy shores. Toma's lyrics are unrelentingly optimistic, which is kinda nice.
Maybe I’m not much in the mood for this, but it’s all pleasant enough stuff. It's nice. At the very least, it’s a timely reminder that I need to get out of Leeds once in a while.
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