Boomkat Product Review:
Another unmissable invitation to the STROOM 〰 dimension, Kyoto’s Sonoko meets Jan Van den Broeke [STRLP-003] for a suite of deliquescent, trippy dream-pop - her first new recordings since the Colin Newman and Aksak Maboul-produced La Débutante  LP and La Poupee Qui Fait Non  7”.
Slotting perfectly into one of our favourite labels right now, Les Anges, Les Bonheurs demonstrates the thizzy quintessence of Sonoko’s serene vocals and vibes in four cuts that could be called trip hop, adult contemporary or most acutely, dream pop. In that sense it’s a direct, if long overdue, continuation of the styles forged on Sonoko’s rarified debut LP, and somewhat makes up for the fact that she had to leave Europe for Kyoto after that LP didn’t quite attract the attention it warranted at the time.
Thanks to Jan Van Den Broeke, who was was a big fan of Sonoko’s album, and contacted her about collaboration via Myspace in 2009, her music now has a second wind, with results every bit as enchanting as you’d expect from a woman who included a cover of david Lynch’s In Heaven, from the Eraserhead soundtrack, on her 1st record!
The result of decades of reflection on everything from French movies and literature (Sonoko studied French lit at University in Paris in the ‘80s) to the classical European romanticism of Satie and Debussy, and Russian theater, it all adds up to a sound sweetly indebted as much to Serge and Jane as the diehard romantic notion of following your dreams, no matter how long it takes you to achieve them.
Hearts and heads will melt.