Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Smany – Kotoba (2017)




  • Art pop 
  • Synth-pop 
  • J-pop 
  • Post-pop 
  • Experimental pop 
  • Electronic pop 
  • Hip-hop 
  • Post-classical
  • Singer-songwriter 
  • Urban music 
  • Rap 
  • Modern classical 
  • Dream pop

Comment: by listening to this 8-track issue I just was thinking of how this electronic release could have been tagged 20 years ago, for instance? I guess it could have been labeled “electronic”, “techno” and probably devoid of “pop” suffix. From the 90s to the 10s a huge amount of water has flowed to the sea, much has changed around us and now such sort of sophisticated music is certainly within blood stream of poppy music. In fact, the Japanese artist's sound is bottomless due to an immense amount of elements arising from the bottom at a time and constituting interesting sonorous and stylistic combinations with one another. Fortunately Smany is adept in preserving the balance between the technical and melodic and harmonic side by buliding up a coherent and interactive configuration. At Echo she collaborates with rappers-MCs called himeshi & TPSOUND. The listener can hear a massive guitar-based background while in front of it being adorned with subtle tabla rhythms and floaty piano chords in one composition. At Emigre one can hear another wall of sound in the background. That`s soul-carved, that`s epic! Her voice is filled in with sweet dreams and aching for something intangible. At times she employs concrete sounds around her atmospheric singing. The results are enchanting. All in all, all is perfect, all is mind-arousing, all is overwhelming. This magnificent issue is a part of the discography of Bunkai-Kei, which is a favourite imprint of ours.
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