dustin wong and takako minekawa

We expected nothing less than cute and kooky from this and are happy to say that we’ve got it in spades here. It’s a testament to an artist’s relevance / worth when an album sticks and lodges itself in your psych and just stays there, for us it was ‘fun 9’ from way back in 2000 – curious, clever, intricate, daft and yet most importantly of all it appeared to operate in its own musical world feasting on a hybrid of musical species and yet remaining unique more so evolved anew. Its author then went off radar. Until that is last year when Dustin Wong coaxed her out of hibernation for a thrill jockey outing entitled ‘toropical circle’. I refer of course to Takako Minekawa. A year or so on and the duo are back again crafting their engaging aural chemistry across a new album ‘savage imagination’ (copies of which we must nab sharpish) from which this delightfully animated video adorned tease is taken. For those previously unfamiliar with Ms Minekawa fear not for ‘pastel ice date’ pretty much encapsulates her strangely willowy and ethereal kookiness in a nutshell, paired with Wong between they engage a glorious kaleidoscopic tropicalia whose bouquet shimmers in lysergic popsicles, both fleeting and flighty and daubed in woozy oriental signatures and that sense of an enchanted forest aura, that said nice to see she’s still operating from planet wonky.

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