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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Yama Warashi, a musical project led by Japanese artist Yoshino Shigihara. Upon moving to London, Shigihara immersed herself in the psychedelic and improvised jazz scene of Café Oto, a performance space for creative new music, leading to collaborations with avant-garde and experimental musicians and artists.
You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an article by Jonathan Abresch on The Calloo.
"Moon Egg" by Yama Warashi
2016 | Japanese artist-led electric jazz and synth pop project based in London
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Yama Warashi is a project by the artist Yoshino Shigahara who is based in Bristol (UK). Moon Egg is their first full-length album. The excellent backing band keeps a loose, jazzy feeling. Horns and percussion come and go, keyboards float over the top, while bass and drums keep everything moving. Some of the songs are in the style of Bon Odori, which is a type of Japanese folk dancing done during an Obon festival, a Buddhist commemoration of the dead and celebration of being alive. The songs are generally played a medium pace, perfect for walking and perhaps for dancing in the street.