Miko – Parade – CD – Plop

Hot off the press from Japan’s now infamous Plop imprint comes the work of Miko, in the form of a beautiful release called Parade. Situated somewhere between Lullatone, Sawako & Mole Harness, this charming release encompasses Jap-Pop sensibilities fused with a hint of experimental minimalism, almost folky at times, delicate, yet memorable, melodious and hooky, each track comes armed with a delicious production aesthetic. Miko’s voice is more forceful than Sawako’s, the delivery being more pronounced and less evanescent, more like a Japanese version of the Cocteau Twins’ Liz Fraser if that is a worthy comparison, and all the while accompanied with competent and insistent guitars. For sure, tracks like Merry Go Round and Red Song will remain in my player for some time, a reassuring backdrop to the tedium of my day, these songs (despite my lack of understanding of the lyrics) have impressed themselves upon my subconscious soul, such is the strength of the melodies..I only wish I could sing along purposefully, instead of just mindlessly groaning the tunes in my own tuneless way! Parade is one of those special albums that , like the Sugarcubes earlier works, have a charm, innocence, and uniqueness that has the potential to extend to a wider audience, especially tracks like Rocket, or Heartbreak Blues, that could easliy break into the UK’s indie territory. Later tracks like Ride on Time, or 6am, become much more atmospheric, and the voice almost becomes an extra textural element, adding to the overall depth and resonance of the tracks. Fine stuff indeed, and though I could never proclaim any expertise in the field of Jap Pop, this is going to be played on “repeat” for some time. BGN



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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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