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Yuka & Chronoship



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3 stars Terrific playing skills, great composition, and fine songs created by YUKA & CHRONOSHIP - where will they go since now?

YUKA & CHRONOSHIP were founded in 2009 as a Japanese Neo-Prog quartet by a female keyboardist / vocalist / composer Yuka FUNAKOSHI, already active as a solo artist for over a decade. Supported with three session musicians - Shun TAGUCHI (bass), Takashi MIYAZAWA (guitar), and Ikko TANAKA (drums, percussion), her gracious ship got launched in the vein of late-70s progressive rock. This three supportive session musicians - they have obviously excellent technique though - are veiled in black clothes and strictly give support to Yuka the keyboard heroine. However we can realize apparently their magnificent sound-earth produced by their strict playing.

The first track has kicked me completely out - Yuka's graceful electric piano solo has cleaned my mind, and suddenly their Chronoship tries to go on a voyage for a new trip, with the engines growling, soon after this gracious moment. Yes absolutely suitable for such a fantastic voyage, Yuka's keyboard solo, full of hope, goes ahead with not only enthusiastic aggressiveness but fragile beauty, over heavy and deep riffs, created by the three powerful gems. Contrary to this mixture of beauty and power, the following track "Pilgrim Ocean" shows vast and quiet ocean, with Takeshi's sharp-edged guitar diamonds and strict rhythm basis by Ikko and Shun. Yuka travels gracefully around upon her clear keyboard boat. Enough atmosphere of cool, cool water and clean ocean we can feel in these two songs.

Upon flat surface of the water, calm and sound fishes can swim without corruption - in the "Archaic Aquarium". We can feel the novel texture in untouchable and addictive bubbling tones and chords. a bit difficult archaism for us, but we cannot help being grabbed into the sound aquarium. Like this, the last "Kiribati" is filled with Oriental flavour - just as if an ethnic dancer kept dancing in altered state of mind. There's a grace as well as mystery, and just the collaboration is their character methinks.

It's a pity for me that their progressive dimension co-exists with another one, named pop essence, easy to understand for everyone. Each song can be splendid, well-composed, without any suspicion. However, I'm afraid that simply an enumeration of good songs may cancel out goodness in every song. Wish this album could be more-structured minutely by all splendid tracks. Their aim or respect, whether for a concept album or for every song's personality, I cannot feel enough via this album.

In conclusion, let me send them my impression "promising" - hope they can do more and more wonderful explosion under the progressive scene. In this sense, we will lose nothing by checking their debut gem.

DamoXt7942 | 3/5 |


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