Exposé Online banner

Lu7 — L'Esprit de l'Exil
(Musea FGBG 4572.AR, 2004, CD)

by Sean McFee, Published 2006-05-01

L'Esprit de l'Exil Cover art

Japan’s Intermusic and Musea have been teaming up on a number of releases in the past few years, allowing some obscure Japanese artists to get a somewhat wider audience. One such group is Lu7, the duo of Luna Umegaki (keyboards, programming) and Tsutomu Kurihara (guitar). Umegaki composes slightly more than half the material, but both have a role. Guests perform on bagpipe, Stick, bass, and violin. Most of the drum parts are programmed, but real drums appear on a few tracks; the drum programming is not bad though. The style of music is instrumental fusion, of that glossy digital style we get a lot from Japanese prog groups post 1980. This can give the music a certain smoothness; even the guitar tone used is quite clean and everything is polished. The compositions are interesting, though, and this never sounds like an excursion into slick banalities or a technical exercise, two common problems in fusion. It is the increased use of modal harmonies and worldbeat sounds that helps accomplish this. The music is fairly cinematic and orchestral at times; those readers who have heard bands like Mr. Sirius will hardly be surprised. I would hesitate to call Lu7 essential, but this is a nice release in the Japanese fusion tradition.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Lu7

Latest news

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ajalon - On the Threshold of Eternity – Randy George (who may be more widely known due to his recent work with Neal Morse) is the leader of Seattle-based Ajalon. Vocalist Will Henderson is also an important focal point for this progressive...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues