Hoahio — Happy Mail
(Amoebic AMO-HOA01, 1997, CD)
by Jerome Schmidt, Published 1998-07-01
Have you ever heard Japanese cult band After Dinner? Not another (neo-)prog oriented band from Japan, I reassure you, but one of the most simply beautiful melodic RIO and avant-garde groups from the 80s. Nowadays Haco, its ex-lead singer, continues to sing some beautiful avant-pop oriented songs with her innocent voice and her abundant musical talent. No easy instrumentation there, but top-notch musicians who work on the sound textures and create a strong instrumental background for Haco's so deliciously Japanese voice. The lo-techness of it all is a refreshing impression at the first listen, but which is in fact the direct consequence of the intricate sample work of Sachiko, a member of the famous avant-garde band of Otomo Yoshihide, Ground Zero. Only musicians of the Japanese avant-garde scene know how to create music that is this fun and ever-challenging, which should be internationally welcomed. Highly recommended!
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