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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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