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One Summereim sees the union of Tenniscoats member Saya and Hiroshima-based songwriter Nikaido Kazumi, forming a duo for this latest album on the Room40 Japanese pop offshoot Someone Good. Also lending their talents to this album are Saya's fellow Tenniscoat, Ueno and label boss Lawrence English himself, but you might equally consider the environments and recording locations themselves as lending a hand to the soundscape of this album: the natural reverbs on tracks like the teasingly distant, Grouper-like 'Osiro' and the ancient sounding acoustic ballad 'Gumaou' are integral to the fabric of the music itself - practically instruments in their own right, shaping the content of the songs themselves thanks to lofty ceilings at Guggenheim House. It's not just the interiors that make their presence felt on these songs, when the duo venture outside they end up jamming with cicada noises, as heard on 'Buun' which is also one of a couple of tracks on the album to feature the incidental sounds of passing trains. Beyond the circumstances of the production the songs themselves take some interesting directions: 'Oninawa' abandons the ballad form altogether in favour of traditional drumming and what might be a shakuhachi, while 'Yubara' steers in the direction of organic drone tones and loosely interlocking vocals. This collaboration is characterised by a very off-the-cuff, spontaneous feel but the two writers/performers make for a very natural and complimentary J-folk partnership.