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4 stars Consider ZETTAIMU not as a progressive rock project but as a progressive pop one.

My first impression for ZETTAIMU was that they play Japanesque traditional music with weirdly solemn atmosphere (especially around voices) based on Japanese oldie and goodie songs, also tinged with modern pop or mainstream light rock. No complex rhythm structure nor warping sound appearance around this project and material, but it can be said progressiveness (not progressive rock) that "naturally, not artificially" they could pick up mainstream pop music and cultivate in Japanese traditional music culture. Their lyrics are mainly Japanese, that notify us something mysterious and psychedelic far from Western hemisphere - in Japan psychedelic rock has got much influential upon progressive rock scene, and much renowned all over the world, and this phenomenon can be seen in ZETTAIMU project. Not sharp-edged sound procedure but their voices and lyrics can be stuck like an icepick into our mind, mysteriously.

Hisashi FURUE has said he should not play progressive rock but a mixture music with Japanese traditional music and rock music he'd listened to and played, based upon Japanese atmosphere called "Wa". He might not need complex rhythm collection at all but simultaneously he might wonder why nobody had tried to do such a natural mixture, I consider. This album "Miroque" they could not take enough time to produce, Hisashi mentioned, but I've felt we can get enough intensive Japanesque traditional pop via their instruments. As a result, we can call them progressive, even without complexity nor eccentricity of sound structure. Let me say you can realize another appearance of progressive music. Recommended.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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