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Boomkat Product Review:
Twinkling, virtuosic prepared piano and stark vocal moods for fans of Hauschka, Kelly Moran or Nils Frahm.
'I Castorpollix' is Osaka-born, New York City-based pianist Erika Dohi's debut album, and showcases her expert fusion of well-trained classical technique and open-hearted electro-acoustic experimentation. The album reflects Dohi's desire to reconcile her multiple realities, understanding the trauma of her early life in Japan experiencing the 1995 Kobe earthquake and her subsequent life in England and the USA.
She manages this by meditating with her palette of sounds, using deceptively simple piano compositions that ebb and flow with delicate restraint, and lavishing her phrases with careful effects and processes. Occasionally she adds vocals, that offer an acid-folk charm, or eerie samples of spoken word. It's a remarkably genre-averse record that refuses to stay put in one mode or another, at some times sounding like Erik Satie, at others Joanna Newsom, and occasionally like a lavish Hayao Miyazaki soundtrack.