The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Sean Rabin

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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