Listen to the whole album at: http://www.archive.org/details/foot096
Some of netlabel freaks know Renzu, who released Reiha EP from Monotonik. When I received his works, I was waiting for the time of this release. And now I'm delighted it has come finally!
Here comes my review, one by one :
Inn - You can hear a female say "koko wa doko deshouka?" ("where do you think this place is?) Where does she take us? Where is here?
Pictures of the Floating World - This could be the answer to the previous question. Ethnic and oriental, like Japanese, but it would be other than Japan.
Kuda-gitsune (管狐 : pipe-fox) - It seamlessly succeeds the mood of this mysterious "World". Kuda-gitsune is a creature from legends : one of Yōkai (妖怪).
Omamori (御守り : amulet) - A mixture with Japanese sounds and rhythmic sequences. As we move towards the end, our minds get uplifted, higher and higher…
Amasawa - The title refers 天沢勇子 (Amasawa Yūko) from TV series, 電脳コイル (Dennō Coil). "The idea to use an arpeggiated glockenspiel in the song was inspired by series' music", Renzu said.
Zashiki-warashi (座敷童子) - It is a spiritual being, a kind of Yōkai, too. With this flowing 4-beats tune, it makes me feel like they are playing a trick.
Daifuku (大福) - We met unexpectedly. It was white, it was sweet. The wonderful time we spent together, but it didn't last so long. I can't forget you. I miss you. I want to see you again. My dear Daifuku… Joke.
Nakoruru (ナコルル) - You know her, if you are familiar with サムライスピリッツ (Samurai Spirits / Samurai Shodown). Slower, chilling and relaxing tune, with Japanese traditional elements.
Miku Acid - Well-processed tracks feature girlish vocal. This is especially for Japanese listeners. Who is Miku? Come on, you know it? Yes, she is, the one and only, 初音ミク (Hatsune Miku).
Stage - It may be night, but it changes suddenly. It takes us to somewhere another.
Across the Threshold - Here is the title track, purely electronic. Now we are far away from "the Floating World".
Memories of Earth - We are leaving from, or going back to where we live? I can't figure it out. All fades away…