12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 2009 collaboration between the Glasgow-based Pastels and the Tokyo-based Tenniscoats is less a cross-cultural mashup than the merging of mutually sympathetic talents. Recorded over a period of several years, Two Sunsets serves up spun-sugar melodies decorated with wistfully childlike lyrics, sung dreamily in both English and Japanese. Pastel members Stephan and Katrina’s demure vocals are complimented by Tenniscoat Saya’s lilting tones, with Saya’s band mate Uero adding atmospheric touches on assorted woodwinds and percussion. The results are quaint, whimsical and often enchanting. A few pieces — including “Yomigaeru” and “Hikoki” — have a drowsy, shimmering ambiance inviting quiet meditation. “Sodane” and “Song for a Friend” are gauzy romantic pieces, tender and innocent. Slipping into a soul-pop vein, “Vivid Youth” moves to a summery groove reminiscent of Billy Stewart or Archie Bell. As ethereal as fog drifting across a distant landscape, Two Sunsets is a work of fragile, haunting charm.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 2009 collaboration between the Glasgow-based Pastels and the Tokyo-based Tenniscoats is less a cross-cultural mashup than the merging of mutually sympathetic talents. Recorded over a period of several years, Two Sunsets serves up spun-sugar melodies decorated with wistfully childlike lyrics, sung dreamily in both English and Japanese. Pastel members Stephan and Katrina’s demure vocals are complimented by Tenniscoat Saya’s lilting tones, with Saya’s band mate Uero adding atmospheric touches on assorted woodwinds and percussion. The results are quaint, whimsical and often enchanting. A few pieces — including “Yomigaeru” and “Hikoki” — have a drowsy, shimmering ambiance inviting quiet meditation. “Sodane” and “Song for a Friend” are gauzy romantic pieces, tender and innocent. Slipping into a soul-pop vein, “Vivid Youth” moves to a summery groove reminiscent of Billy Stewart or Archie Bell. As ethereal as fog drifting across a distant landscape, Two Sunsets is a work of fragile, haunting charm.

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