Boomkat Product Review:
Utterly unmissable ambient confections from early ‘80s Japan, remarkably seeing their first official reissue after appearing on those Light Sounds Dark comps and cropping up like rare orchids on blogs over the years - strongest RIYL Woo, Durutti Column, Two Daughters.
Somehow evading any kind of legitimate reissue until now, Pale Cocoon’s impossible-to-find 1984 tape is set to become even more sought-after as this reissue highlights a quality of ghostly songwriting of the most delectable order to a whole new circle of listeners hungry for unheard songs. As you’re probably gleaning from the samples, it’s perplexing how this album isn’t better known. If you’re not swooning by the first bars of ‘Sora’ and its transition into Woo-like folk whimsy you’ll surely be caught out by the diaphanous ambient-pop shimmers of ‘Mitzutamari’, and we’re probably don’t need to stress the rest is of equally enchanted virtues.
The inverted telescope vocals and spindly guitars of ‘Onshitsu’ cast magical webs of connection between Durutti Column and Two Daughters, but with a unbound joy that’s just knockout charming, and ‘Toy Box’ recalls some frothy meeting of Pierre Bastien and Techno Menses, while their strangely rhythmic sensibilities really come out in the likes of ‘Microscorp’ and echo the lushest dream-pop of Cocteau Twins in ‘Flalform’. It’s got us dead light-headed in the best way. Life-affirming stuff!