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Yuka & Chronoship



3.17 | 20 ratings

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3 stars Yuka & Chronoship are a Japanese quartet led by talented keyboard maestro Yuka Funakoshi. Water Reincarnation is their debut and marks them out as a band with considerable talent. Whilst there's no doubt that Yuka Funakoshi is the star of the show here she's surrounded herself with an equally talented band adding bass, guitar and drums.

Whilst neo prog is the order of the day on the ten compositions, light jazz rock elements are occasionally present, all played with slick professionalism. The music is largely instrumental, highly accessible, melodic and immediate with a dense sound, in large down to the rich keyboards - all high tech stuff, don't be looking for melotrons here. Funakoshi is also responsible for the vocals which in the main are used as embellishments - she rarely sings actual words if you catch my drift. Think a less ethereal Enya. Piano is the lead keyboard, the synths providing a dense backdrop with electric guitar sometimes coming to the fore. It's all very tight and precise, kept in check by the use of programed rhythms alongside the real thing.

My only complaint is that this is all just a little too smooth and slick and a bit more fire with a few rough edges would be welcome. The fiery guitar solo from Takashi Miyazawa that closes final track Kiribali is just too little too late. Nevertheless Water Reincarnation is an enjoyable listen and worth checking out for those who enjoy this kind of thing.

Nightfly | 3/5 |


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