One of the many fabricated genres used to classify the music of Japan’s Miroque is “toy sentimentalism.” That feels like an accurate enough description for the pianist and electronic composer’s 2001 album, Botanical Sunset, freshly reissued by Slow Editions. Twenty years after its original release on CD, the Toronto-based publishing company led by visual artist Eunice Luk and Not Not Fun’s Masahiro Takahashi have repackaged the album as a cassette aimed at ears outside of Miroque’s home country. Patiently unfolding across over an hour of wistful kankyō ongaku (this was the CD era, after all), her music radiates with soft synths, watery textures, and twinkly percussion that could be found in a child’s toy chest. It almost feels like you can grab the sounds out of the air. | j locke
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