Exposé Online banner

Yuka and Chronoship — Water Reincarnation
(Musea FGBG 4886, 2011, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-06-14

Water Reincarnation Cover artYuka and Chronoship is a Japanese neo-progressive quartet formed in 2009 by Yuka Funakoshi (keyboards and vocals). She is supported by Shun Taguchi (bass), Takashi Miyazawa (guitar), and Ikko Tanaka (drums and percussion). Water Reincarnation is their debut release, consisting of ten water themed tracks. Most of the tracks are instrumental compositions, though there are a number of tracks with Yuka’s wordless singing, as well as the title track and “I Am River” where Yuka sings in English. Singing is not one of her strong points as her nasal voice can be a bit annoying. The music is keyboard oriented with electric piano figuring prominently on many of the tracks. But don’t expect virtuoso Keith Emerson licks. Instead there are some very melodic and laid back tracks with some progressive jazz elements. There are other influences as well. The second track, “Pilgrim Ocean,” reminds me a lot of Yes’ “Siberian Khatru” but not quite as complex. And then track 9 “Hector (The Huge Thunderstorm Complex)” reminded me a bit of Porcupine Tree’s “Time Flies.” Some of the compositions are simple with repeating ostinatos that move up the scale. Don’t expect electrifying guitar work either. The solos are more glissandos or sustained notes that complement the ambiance of the music. Overall Water Reincarnation is a very pleasant album for a debut release, but not one to get really excited about.

Filed under: New releases, 2011 releases

Related artist(s): Yuka & Chronoship

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Trey Gunn / Marco Minnemann - Modulator – From the outset this recording sounds like a modern update of Eddie Jobson’s UK on steroids, with a scoop of 21st century Crimson on top. It was arrived at in a fascinating way. Master...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues