Melodia is the sweet little duo of Federico Durand and Tomoyoshi Date. They’ve called their album Small Conversations, which feels spot-on: this is a record of quiet, simple, and communicative music, carried out with acoustic guitar, piano, and a few other instruments. Four pieces of beautiful intimacy, released on CD by White Paddy Mountain.
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This, my friends, is the newest release from the lovely people of White Paddy Mountain (Chihei Hatakeyama) and their ridiculously cute and perfectly formed micro-label. It’s by the dynamic duo of Federico Durand and Tomoyashi Date and we love them both. Well I do. Beautifully natural and organic sounds are oozing out of these here review headphones. Which my lovely colleague Ian so kindly donated for this purpose. Yes, this is my review; and yes, I am an adult in case you weren’t aware, but these sounds are making me feel young and vital.
Nice strums and plucks on the barest instrumentation -- that’s a close-mic’ed guitar on the first two tracks, the hypnotising ‘A Blue Place’ and the transportative ‘A Last Message of a Rainy Day’. This latter track is as welcome a refreshment as a drop of precipitation after a hosepipe ban. The softest of chamber music continues, via sparsely played antique-sounding piano and subtly droning organ, on the aptly-titled ‘Reverie’. To complete the serene set, Federico and Tomoyashi blast out a banger (kidding!) on the lush longform droner with nice found sounds, ‘A Lilac Name Written on Water’. Did somebody say ‘enigmatic’? Ah, anyway listen to this while looking at the simple watercolour design on the sleeve for maximum ‘whoa’ effect. Perfect
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