Boomkat Product Review:
The endearingly strange land of Japan has featured prominently on recent 12k releases; we've had albums from Sawako, Minamo, Fourcolour and of course Piana (on the 12k sublabel Happy), and now the debut release from Moskitoo, a musician and designer better known as Sanae Yamasaki. Hailing from Sappuro in Northern Japan, her compositions are a reaction to the cool climate and gorgeous scenery of this location, and we are introduced to the record in a cascade of icy synthesized sound, accompanied eventually by Yamasaki's gorgeous voice. An easy comparison would be to fellow Japanese electronic lady Piana, but Yamasaki's compositions are noticeably icier and more experimental, forcing comparison with Moteer's recent album from Aus. The experimental, almost musique concrete elements are held together by a beautifully naïve and innocent sense of melody which comes as a refreshing and unexpected mix. Yamasaki has a definite talent for sound design, but she doesn't let this overpower the sentimentality of the music, letting the songs drift at times into pop and sugared hazy bliss. Take 'Skie' for instance which introduces an analogue drum machine - this could be the Piana/Postal Service collaboration that never was, but Yamasaki's skewed compositional skill manages to make this sound always more than simply derivative. 'Drape' might not be the most obvious album to come from 12k, and it's certainly the label's most pop-leaning moment, but following the amazing Seaworthy records it is another piece in the label's steady evolution. Gorgeous stuff.