THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC AND YUI ONODERA – Night Blossom

Whereabouts

The cover photo seems to betray a case of barely contained foot fetishism, but I won’t get into it. I had already reviewed music by Onodera and Jorge Mantas (the real name behind The Beautiful Schizophonic), even positively when looking back at the writeups. However, let’s be direct: this is New Age wallpaper at best, mostly revolving around the same formula: static background, simplistic piano melodies, predictable synthetic washes and field recordings, woman whispering a text in “This Crying Age” (besides, a title used over 20 years ago by post-industrial cult figure Morthond in a much better album). After a while, one expects another cloying voice – male or female, your choice – to recite “Those born under the sign of Libra will have a wonderful day of love and fulfilment…”. Enough said, and – very sincerely – I wonder how in the world this kind of stuff still finds a way to my mailbox.

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