Boomkat Product Review:
Just what the world needs - another twee Japanese electronica record, but Smile Down Upon Us are no ordinary act. Rather this is the meeting of two acts on two different sides of the world, Phelan Sheppard (Leaf) in London and moomLooo in Tokyo who collaborated via email to create this haunting disc. Initially the two bands met on Myspace but this soon flowered into a full-blown collaboration despite the acts never having conversed and knowing next to nothing about each other. This sense of mystery is somehow conveyed in the music which is tentative, surreal and at times naïve, blending electronic and acoustic instrumentation and all draped in moomLooo's gorgeous voice. Fans of the Tenniscoats and Piana need to check this without delay, but rather than stick to the Japanese mode Smile Down Upon Us the sound seems to have been enlarged into a luscious cinematic widescreen. Good stuff.