Album Review

Floating Flower – “1ST & 2ND ” – [Black Plastic Sound]

Max Level   4/29/2006   A Library, CD

Trancey, spacey, timeless music. We’ve had their first record (recorded 1998) in the library for a couple of years now; here it is again, packaged with the group’s second release, which dates from 1999. All 9 tracks work the same general territory, which FF’s guitarist Kawabata has described as acid folk; he may have even been the one to invent that term, now in common usage. He’s the best-known name here (see Acid Mothers Temple, Mainliner, countless other projects) but is by no means the focal point. His acoustic guitar gently drones in support of the tabla/guitar of Kaneko Tetsuya and the other-worldly vocals of Kaneko’s partner Yuki. In addition to the aforementioned instruments, we also hear subtle sitar, violin, backwards guitar, and various unidentifiable sounds layered into the mix. Tracks range from 4 to 14 minutes in length; in my opinion, as regards Floating Flower, the longer a track is, the better it is. Will there ever be a third FF record? Nobody seems to know. Kaneko and Yuki are free spirits who often wander the Far East, returning home only occasionally to check in and maybe make a record.

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