Boomkat Product Review:
By Digitalis standards this is a surprisingly easy-to-digest new offering. It comes from duo Aiko Kogo and Anthony Guerra, who are following up their first foray into recorded music, a highly limited CD-R on New Zealand label Pseudoarcana. Whiskey Leaves is a winningly humble and lo-fi presentation of some beautiful, softly intoned songwriting that's eminently accessible. Take for example the exceedingly lovely 'No Sleep', its brittle ukulele passages and clickety-clack acoustic rhythms are feather-light yet carry some delicate, thoughtfully pieced together song structures. Likewise, 'Whiskey Leaves' (this one's sung in English) jumbles together slightly shambolic narratives about booze-deciduating tree limbs and highly strung campfire jams in an appealingly confused fashion. Elsewhere on the album, more spaced-out fare can be found, with snatches of acoustic droens and fractured string pluckings draped across 'White Noon' and the sleepy 'More Birds'. Just the sort of thing to please all you fans of Flau and Moteer - ace.