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3.78 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prologue (0:44)
2. Puppets (5:44)
3. Blanketed in Morning Fog (3:35)
4. The Maze (3:52)
5. My Story (2:18)
6. The Encounter Suite (10:38)
7. Astral Wind (4:31)
8. Turquoise Wind (4:13)
9. Muzaki (3:51)
10. House of the King (3:17)

Total Time 42:43

Line-up / Musicians

- Kazumi Suzuki / flute
- Yusuke Akiyama / keyboard
- Shingo Yoshida / drums
- Hiroyuki Kato / guitar
- Takumi Kokubu / bass

Releases information

CD Belle Antique BELLE213482 (2021)

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KIKU LATTE / CICHLA TEMENSIS Stories ratings distribution

(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
4 stars Crossover.

Quite pop and catchy. Such a creation could be accepted by every art rock fan. "Stories" was released in May 2021 as the first full-length album by KIKU LATTE (aka CICHLA TEMENSIS). Sounds like the current lineup has infused their full energy and intention into the latest opus under such a tough pandemic situation despite the fact it should be in the same vein of the previous ep. Their melodic polarity and sound-strategy in this creation can be called symphonic / artistic, following the extension of one of the art rock giants FOCUS. Maybe because the members, especially Kazumi, are great fans of FOCUS (their passion for the giant can be heard via the last covered track "House Of The King"), and some of Japanese progressive rock followers love symphonic / neo-symphonic / art rock.

We can easily imagine they would produce this 'concept' album to be acceptable for every art rock fan. The second track "Puppets" has a diversity of progressive rock subgenres like jazz, folk, or heavy, along with comprehensible melody lines and slightly complicated (but not dissected) rhythmic bases. It's interesting that Kazumi's flute sounds involve lots of appearances - soft, smooth, sour, or suggestive. "Blanketed In Morning Fog" and a short story "My Story" are highly qualified symphonic folk highlighting gorgeous flute prima donna. Such an acoustic, dramatic, fantastic line should be approved as their characteristic, I guess. "The Maze" is one of the most beautiful jazz rock stuffs. The frontman Takumi's bass plays and Shingo's drumming completely support kinda complex rhythm turf. Yuup do not forget this act are made up with the rhythm section, right? The longest piece "The Encounter Suite", featuring not only solemn flute sounds but also Yusuke's brilliant keyboard works, shows theatrical developments under melodious circumstances. Each phase has listener-friendly representations, not poisonous moments at all. Hiroyuki's delicate, sensitive acoustic guitar aroma can be enjoyed intriguingly through "Astral Wind". "Muzaki" (means no bloom?) sounds like that every single member plays with others sincerely in a harmonized manner for making flowers bloom.

Their unification in the whole creation is beautiful. Understood enough. Their composition is fantastic and instrumental technique is excellent indeed. Accepted naturally. They might give the audience a delightful fantasy world via this album. Wonderful really. But to be honest, they should have featured more innovation and more originality that they can launch fully by incredible capability and potentiality. They might say no trick nor uniqueness is needed though.

EDIT: Just now Kazumi's mentioned: "Muzaki" was composed for her by Steffen (TEXEL). So, it means "Dreamy Bloom" in Japanese, I imagine!!!

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3 stars Born in 2006 as Cichla Temensis as an instrumental prog-rock trio they released two EPs in their early years, Another Triangle (2007) and Affine Space (2009), two works driven by bassist Takumi Kokubu's energy and technique. After the 2012 break-up, the same bass player brought this mysterious e ... (read more)

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