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Yuukai Kenchiku

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3 stars Their 5th EP "CYCLE" has been released in October 2015. Found they had been searching for such a solution where they go, and been close to settle themselves in their hometown, namely jazz rock, finally. Cannot grab so massive marvel nor novelty via this EP but feel safe and sound under their sound-vision.

In the first track "Morpho Theseus", that looks like a song about a hero in Greek Myth, complex but gracious melody lines with down- tempo but rigidly heavy vibes can notify me of something like an agony of the hero. He's thought really strong and powerful but to be honest his inner space sounds sensitive and delicate ... such an imaginative story is told vividly by them with Raku's graceful flute flow and supressive, depressive rhythm unit footprints (not so distorted but well arranged), I imagine. Kei's drumming plays important roles in "The Old Man In The Sea", featuring repetitive phrases each of which is simple but quite colourful. These repetitions and variations remind me of some hints in Ravel's Bolero. A texture of a phrase gets harder and hotter as the song steps forward ... but at the last flute timbre gets fragile as though the old man sinks down beneath the sea. A very thoughtful one indeed. The last "Perigee" is felt as another hopeful message via their instruments. Exactly like a brilliant starshine coming over us, their play should construct a gemmy music treasure with some sound stardust. Hope I would like to say that the "hope" is born and brought up in their music box, and gets enriched over at last, very delightfully. Guess they might not inform so difficult words but give heartwarming cotton candies to the audience.

In conclusion, they've got to a place far from multidimensional rock. However, I consider it's fine also that they have found a beautiful green turf. Not a bad creation anyhow.

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Posted Friday, January 15, 2016 | Review Permalink

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