Rima Kato: Faintly Lit (flau, 2015)

February 21, 2015 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rima Kato: Faintly Lit

Rima Kato: Faintly Lit

Japanese label flau typically releases melodic experimental electronic music, but some of their releases lean towards indie/folk songwriting, and this is one of them. The songs on Rima Kato’s debut album feature hushed vocals in English with a heavy Japanese accent, along with strummed guitar, Casio, flute/recorder and glockenspiel. It’s light and precious, and warm and dreamy as the song titles suggest. Track 4 is called “Have Fun” but somehow it seems like the most downbeat, depressed song on here. The closest the album gets to being “jaunty” is harmonica-led closer “Ferris Wheel”; even the tracks with Casio beats are pretty laidback and calm. I tend to like flau’s more electronic releases better than ones like this, but it’s still undeniably sweet.

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