O YAMA O
O Yama O
Rie Nakajima and Keiko Yamamoto (co-founder of Cafe OTO in East London) are joined by violinist Billy Steiger and percussionist Marie Roux in a dozen deconstructions of Japanese folk music, for this pacy, intimately engaging debut album.
Ries baby orchestra of rice bowls, toys, clock workings, balloons and motors is by turns haunted, teased, adorned and laid waste by Keikos chanting, rumbling, whispering and stamping on the floor. The production by David Flying Lizards Cunningham deepens and spooks the mix, which sparks with energy and wit, grace and mystery.