Takahiro Kido – Fleursy Music

"I’m sorry but mention of Moebius/Rodelius can never be far away in a review of a release such as this; (Poco!’s naïve chiming being reminiscent of something off Sowiesoso) but never let that be seen as a bad thing. "


Takahiro Kido – Fleursy Music


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Now and again you stumble on a release that is so beautiful that you find yourself playing it on for days on end. Such is the case with Fleursy Music, which is as blissed-out as a record can get and has led me, right from the opening bars of Y’s calming guitar strum to Goodbye’s ghostly  fairground noises, to spend hours in a state of suspended animation.


 


The piano–led tracks on here are especially wonderful. A good example is Smile Spotter Chronicle which revolves slowly round a drowsy keyboard riff and builds up (with the aid of violin and guitar) to a gratifyingly full conclusion after nine minutes or so.


 


I’m sorry but mention of Moebius/Rodelius can never be far away in a review of a release such as this; (Poco!’s naïve chiming being reminiscent of something off Sowiesoso) but never let that be seen as a bad thing.


 


The LP really starts to hit its stride from Milk Tea, which a sublime web of acoustic guitar sampling. You Lost What? is a brief interlude of harmonious sounds before Landscape with Snow’s “lonely piano in a ballroom” schmaltz obliterates everything in it’s path, and The Gentle Afternoon’s reflective meanderings offer no way back for listeners strung out by the aural caress of Landscape with Snow. Great stuff.


 


An essential album for summer and autumn listening.


 


Words: Richard Foster