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YUGAKE

Mizukagami

 

Symphonic Prog

3.42 | 10 ratings

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erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer
3 stars

This is the second album by Japanese five piece band Mizukagami, reading the wide range of analogue keyboards I got excited: several Moog synthesizers and a Mellotron, electric piano, string- ensemble, digital Hammond organ and a harpsichord!

So it's no surprise the six tasteful and varied compositions are loaded with those unique keyboards: compelling with lush organ and dreamy with flute-Mellotron and harpsichord in the titletrack, choir- Mellotron, twanging guitar with flute-Mellotron and a mid-tempo with flashy Moog synthesizer flights (along howling guitar) in Hanamizake, heavy Hammond waves in Yatagarasu and a bombastic Hammond sound in the alternating final song Ruten - Ame. I also loved the guitarwork (from twanging acoustic guitar to howling electrci guitar runs, often in combination with the keyboards) and some work on real flutes (along the flute-Mellotron). The female singer has a decent voice in the mellow songs but in the more heavy and bombastic track she lacks power, like in Hanamizake. But fortunately the focus is on the guitars and keyboards, that makes this CD in general to a pleasant musical experience. My rating: 3,5 stars.

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |

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