Crystal 'Monsoon'

/ | Aug 21, 2015

Crystal "Monsoon"

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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'

Apr 12, 2015

Cuushe dreams of perfect pop on 'Night Lines'

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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'

/ May 16, 2013

Noah × Sela "Split EP"

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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 ...