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    Zettaimu – “Miroque ” – [Musea]

    Latest release from this Japanese project shows healthy evolution towards
    to a more simple, yet paradoxically richer, sound. Kanako’s vocals are
    more featured while less stylized. The keyboard work is much more subdued,
    if not subtracted entirely in parts. The band’s longtime guiding force
    and guitarist, Hisashi Furue, has left his inner David Gilmour on the dark
    side of the earlier records. Now the focus is often on the marriage of
    gentle Japanese classic melodies to a mellow prog-psych vibe. Listen to
    “I Don’t Need Anything Else” which flouts those cool up and down scales.
    Kanako’s breathy moan is never so torrid, she’s got vocal chops (as does
    Furue on guitar), but I think the key for Zettaimu is to downplay their
    technical skill and chase the songs like a loose kite out over the more
    ragged rocks. I think that’s why “Jennifer” grooves so nicely, it’s a
    tight shrink-wrapped candy of a pop song, produced as can be and sung in
    earnest English, and while outside the marriage, will nestle nicely in
    Mitch Lemay’s apartment. It does feature some fine later King Crimson-y
    seeking guitar, offered in restraint and more devoted to the tone than
    the technique. Kanako’s voice sounds gorgeous on the following number,
    “Sharan” with nice overdubbed doublesteps. I’d like to see her let go
    live, and abandon herself to passion on some of these tracks. Play this
    on KFJC and help them fall in with the “wrong crowd!” -Thurston Hunger
    PS Online I’ve seen their name translated as both “absolute nothing”
    and “absolute vanity” which is a pretty kool little koan.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 8, 2007 at 7:07 pm
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