Noah: Sivutie (flau, 2015)

October 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Noah: Sivutie

Noah: Sivutie

The latest release by Japanese label flau is an excursion into late night ethereal R&B from a vocalist named Noah. Her cooing vocals blend in with the pillowy, cloudlike atmospheric synths and downtempo beats, sometimes feeling like they’re dreamed or imagined rather than properly sung. Impossibly delicate, this is music that easily drifts away if you don’t stack a paperweight on it. It also seems to drift away from the R&B influence as it progresses, getting into some lightly noisy shoegaze textures on the stunning “Flaw”. “Tadzio” is a bittersweet storm cloud in which Noah’s voice is so airy it almost sounds like a ghost. Not to mention, naming a song “Gorgeous Death” wins points in my book.

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