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Boomkat Product Review:
Released on Efterklang's Rumraket label comes the latest offering from Japan's Kama Aina, a whimsical folk-pop feller called Takuji Aoyagi who along with Maher Shalal Hash Baz (try pronouncing that with a mouthful of mashed potato) and the Tenniscoats has emerged as a leading light of the Japanese scene. He released an album on the Pastels curated Geographic label a while back, so it's no surprise to see the best Glasgow has to offer popping up on this record too - we've got Isobel Campbell, Bill Wells and of course Stephen Pastel himself making appearances and adding to the tightly woven tapestry of Kama Aina. It's all delicate, gorgeous stuff - imagine if the Moteer family produced a Mum record and you'll have some idea of the direction we're going here; delicate electronic production combined with the most lovely instrumental flourishes this side of the enchanted waterfall. Flick over to 'Wedding Song' for a perfect example - tearjerking organ progressions are embellished with a high pitched ethnic string instrument and some simple clattering percussion. Well I'm just about ready to curl up and hibernate, I don't know about you - I've got my acorns ready, and this disc is about all else I need to take me into a deep, warm and contented state of total relaxation. I think it's the resounding smile you get from listening that makes me you like this, there's no malice or bad feeling, simply honesty and affection, and sometimes that's all you need.