Crystal 'Monsoon'

Music / CD Reviews | LISTENING POST Aug 21, 2015

Crystal "Monsoon"

by Shaun McKenna

When I was first listening to Crystal's "Typhoon," I was, coincidentally, also watching radar visuals of Super Typhoon Atsani's approach to Japan — and they matched the music perfectly. This is less because of the storm Crystal whips up on the track — "Typhoon" sounds ...

Cuushe dreams of perfect pop on 'Night Lines'

Music Apr 12, 2015

Cuushe dreams of perfect pop on 'Night Lines'

by James Hadfield

Where Japanese musicians used to move to Tokyo for a shot at the big time, these days it feels like increasing numbers of them are heading to Berlin instead. Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi, better known by her dream-pop alias Cuushe, was one of them. In 2012, ...

Noah × Sela 'Split EP'

Music / CD Reviews May 16, 2013

Noah × Sela "Split EP"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Over the course of its six-year existence, Flau Records has carved out an identity as a record label offering intimate music. The actual sonic styles of the artists represented by the acts signed to the border-hopping imprint differ — some make proper songs, some ...