The lush, rich vintage analog sounds of the 70's are alive and well on the second release Yugake from Japanese progressive band Mizukagami. This quintet has crafted six daring and musically intricate compositions that exemplify the best of what Japanese symphonic prog has to offer. Female vocalist Futaba delivers some absolutely enchanting and ethereal sounding vocals and her flute playing is equally impressive as well. Keyboardist Junya Anan deploys an arsenal of dazzling runs on his vintage synthesizers and employs a warm, opulent ambience via some inspiring Mellotron work. Together along with guitarist Yasuo Asakura, who turns in more than his fair share of dazzling and inspired sounding runs, these two musicians are clearly the drivers of Mizukagami's King sound.
If you're at all familiar with what the Japanese progressive scene has had to offer in recent years then it shouldn't be too hard to classify or figure out Mizukagami's sound, which is deeply rooted in the classic sounds of some of progressive rock's finest acts.
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