Boomkat Product Review:
Trust these immaculate Japanese imprints to bring us some of the most beautiful homespun music we've heard this year, and even though Part Timer is the work of Moteer's John McCaffrey, everything about this gorgeous cd evokes the spirit and wide-eyed mystery of Japan, presumably why Tokyo's Flau label has given it a home. Treading that sublime line between lonesome acoustic composition and delicate electronic tampering, the sound of Part Timer will be familiar to those of you enamoured with the music made by the likes of Helios, The Remote Viewer and Tunng, covered in that misty-eyed sheen that cant help but tug at the heartstrings without ever coming across as overly emotional. Album opener "theme from Part Timer" is just sublime, some old recordings of a long forgotten day out at the beach shimmer away in the background while a resonant acoustic guitar provides the emotional backbone around which delicate strings and timeless chord progressions suck you into a world of blissful nostalgia. "Hide All You Like" is the first of a couple of tracks featuring the instantly recognisable vocals of Nicola Hodgkinson (of Empress fame), and with a detached melancholy her voice drags this material into another dimension, away from the more familiar confines of instrumental music and into the same kind of musical domain inhabited by the likes of the aforementioned Tunng. "Sudden Loss" is another standout piece, a lonely violin and prepared acoustic guitar nervously igniting the track into a blissful musical arrangement not unlike something out of Bruce Langhorne's gorgeous soundtrack for "The Hired Hand", with only the odd digital Malfunction betraying the music's 21st century origins. "Blue" is just a gorgeous album, produced with a singular musical vision that's impossible not to adore, layered with a plethora of homespun musical signatures that transcend any kind of laptop music you could think of, and housed in the kind of typically lavish Japanese packaging that makes it utterly irresistible. Gorgeous music - brought to you with a massive recommendation.