TENNISCOATS appreciate that when the techniques of the avant- garde are applied to pop compositions it can achieve startling results. Husband- and- wife team Saya and Takashi Ueno ( also members of Maher Shalal Hash Baz) mix electronica, classical instruments and Japanese singing into a simmering brew of futuristic campfire songs. Thanks to it being composed in Japan, Australia and Britain in 18 months,
Totemo Let’ s Aimasho ( translated as Meet Very Much) houses an extraordinary range of ideas and moods. The traditional nature of Donna Donna means it could sit among the
US’ s output of many of the new- folk groups, yet few musicians could keep the soft improvisations of
Before Noon so engrossing for so long. What distinguishes this album is its ability to preserve such a tender, welcoming nature. Each song is sharply distinct from its predecessor, yet does not shock or jar on arrival. Encased in the Tenniscoats ’
protective cocoon, they simply appear as yet another colour in the spectrum of light refracted through the same diamond.
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