|MH-256 4 Bonjour's Parties - Pigments Drift Down To The Brook
4 Bonjour's Parties is a seven member strong ensemble from Tokyo, Japan. Their debut full-length release, Pigments Drift Down To The Brook, with it's expansive, chamber-music approach to song structure and production, hints at modern risk-takers Architecture In Helsinki and The Arcade Fire. Alternating between sweet and majestic, the combination of male and female vocals, sung both in Japanese accented English, is an aural wonder. Keyboards and wind instruments lay on top of a bed of dream-rock guitar, bass, and drums, creating moments of 60’s guitar pop, Neu inspired repetition, and modern electronics, all within the same expansive track. Pigments Drift Down To The Brook marks 4 Bonjour's Parties as a band that deserves close attention.
|A big sound with a sense of wonder to it - Remix / Should be making the world of pop music take notice - The Needle Drop / A gloriously dreamy treasure - Organ / Breathtaking experience in ethereality and catharsis - PopMatters / Nothing quite like this on the market today - Slug / You can't go wrong with this - Giant Robot|
|Innocent pop, like music for a beloved kids' TV special. Bright-eyed touches of early '70s retro, especially when the trumpet crosses over the airy guitars. Spritely whispery female vocals and calm male ones. Some nifty suble electronics sounds letting you know it's modern (and Japanese).|
Anyone who dug the recent Citay album needs to hear this, especially track 9. It also jibes with what little I know/remember about the whole Elephant 6 and Olivia Tremor Control vector.
1- Pastoral folky bounce w/flute and trumpet. Long instrumental intro.
2- Peppy chamber feel w/jazzy chords, neat clarinet/flute work. Really blooms later on.
3- A gentle charm. Would be a lullabye, but it's got a touch of slow rock to it.
4- Slightly sad folky feel, female vocal, some old-school synth. Gorgeous stuff.
5- Slow, close-mic'ed vocal, gets more intense later.
6- Pleasant tune, some glitchy drum sounds. Very catchy and simple chorus. Strange ending.
7- Easy, gentle rollling. Lightly picked guitars. Ends with filtered guitar strum; you'll want to fade out.
8- Gentle, simple. Heavy accented Japanese vocal.
9- Dreamy. Long, lush instrumental intro. Slow flute and clarinet lines, nifty percussion/drums. Slow sleepy vocals, very '60s. Long instrumental outro.
10- Airy, nostalgic vocals, with a snappy beat to the chorus. - The Zookeeper, KZSU