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4 Bonjour's Parties

Pigments Drift Down to the Brook

(Mush; US: 4 Dec 2007; UK: 7 Jan 2008)

Mush’s latest pick-up all the way from Tokyo is an absolute gem. 4 Bonjour’s Parties consists of a seven piece chamber pop orchestra whose only ambition is to bring you the most reverberated, cascading electronic bliss possible, running the brass and wind instrument gamut through a classic rock line-up and a laptop with an accordion, glockenspiel, and other multi-syllabic rarities presiding. It’s like Tortoise jamming with the defunct members of the Acid Mothers Temple. Vocally, they swap back and forth between male and female, English and Japanese, but it’s hard to care either way. Their funky, jazzy, quirky bossa nova, chill, IDM grooves are far too complex yet composed to not swallow you up whole the second you dip your toes in it. As such, Pigments Drift Down to the Brook is a breathtaking experience in ethereality and catharsis through open-minded, collaborative sound.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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