Hisato Higuchi: She (Ghost Disc, 2003/Family Vineyard, 2017)

February 4, 2018 at 7:04 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hisato Higuchi: She

This was originally released as a CDr in 2003 and has been reissued twice so far, so I guess it must have some sort of following. I can definitely say that this is something I didn’t know I needed in my life until I heard it. It’s like very minimal 4AD-style ethereal folk, but in Japanese, and with sudden, piercing bursts of frazzled noise. The intro track even sounds like a stalling modem. So much of this album just catches you completely off guard. “Ghosts Ghost” departs from the outer space folk balladry for blasted noise with some soft drone undercurrents. “Sister Girl” also douses pretty/sad melodies in all manners of destructive distortion. Fans of Fennesz or Pita need to hear this one for sure.

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