Seate — Kedarui Gogono
((Not on label) NH-960927, 1996, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01
This hitherto unknown five-piece from Japan features violinist Junko Minobe, ex- of Cinderella Search, and is fronted by vocalist Yoko Tuchiya. The remainder of the band features piano, bass and drums, and stylistically occupy an area of folky impressionism which could be compared to bands like Solstice, the early Relf-era Renaissance or follow-on band Illusion, or Japanese contemporaries August. A light symphonic romanticism permeates the music and drives the compositions. Of the three songs included here, the most impressive is the opener, where passages led by voice trade off with violin, backed by piano and synths. Remaining songs are similarly styled, but occasionally one can hear Yoko's voice falling slightly off key, which detracts somewhat from the overall effect — something which could be easily be remedied by more care in the studio recording process. In all, this is a promising first step.
Related artist(s): Seate
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