Boomkat Product Review:
I can't quite put my finger on why exactly, but in the last few years the Japanese electronic music scene has emerged as being markedly more feminine than that of any other country that comes to mind. Artists like Piana, Tujiko Noriko, Gutevolk, Moskitoo... the list goes on and each artist seems to have a warm hearted, delicate femininity about their sound rarely heard in the austere electronic scene we're more familiar with. There are probably links to the Icelandic sound of Mum somewhere in there, and maybe to the cuddly electronic pop music of our friends at Morr Music, but what Japan has birthed is very much its own sound, and in Cokiyu's 'Mirror Flake' we have the latest addition to the scene. You might be familiar with Miss Cokiyu even though you don't know it, she was the breathy female vocalist on the lurvely Aus album 'Curveland' which emerged earlier in the year on the Moteer label and 'Mirror Flake' is the perfect followup to that immensely enjoyable work. Using her toy piano and various other electronic accompaniments to sit alongside her girly vocal tones she creates leftfield pop songs that manage to sit in a hazy world just beside our own. These are gorgeous, beautifully crafted and delicate tracks no doubt informed by Cokiyu's rich musical education (she recently graduated from Sonology Depertment of Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo) and never fail to leave a warm impression on you, staying in your mind long after the disc has finished. Both wilfully electronic and organic, abstract and unashamedly catchy - " Mirror Flake" is a sublime album to be enjoyed from beginning to end. Japanese electronic pop has never sounded so utterly charming - if you've liked material by the likes of Piana, Hannu, Tenniscoats or Mum, we strongly urge to check this album without delay. Essential Purchase!