MEL­LOw wavES 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums I’m New Here - Tokyo pro­duc­tion vir­tu­oso re­turns af­ter 11 years

Though 2006’s Sen­su­ous sug­gested Keigo Oya­mada was al­ready soft­en­ing with age, he has, as his sixth al­bum’s ti­tle sug­gests, truly mel­lowed for this come­back. Sadly, that means there’s little of the play­ful in­ven­tion of 1997’s as­ton­ish­ing Fan­tasma, but imag­i­na­tive de­tails abound, even at th­ese slower tem­pos. “If You’re Here” pro­vides a brit­tle mix of elec­tron­ica and jazz, while “Helix/Spi­ral” of­fers sim­i­larly con­vo­luted rhythms. The synth drone of “Surf­ing On Mind Wave Pt 2” is more ab­stract, but the clos­ing brace of acous­tic guitar tunes, “The Rain Song” and “Crépes­cule”, em­pha­sise his grow­ing re­straint. WyNDHAM WAL­LACE

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