Dreamy, electronic floaters serpentine around treated electric guitars and wordless vocals (think of Keith Jarrett’s improvised vocal pyrotechnics) on “Nobody Plays Baseball Here,” the opening track on this duo’s debut, the result of online file sharing between the Edinburgh and Osaka natives. Liberal doses of xylophone and sweet guitar lines are featured in “Family”, although the pair occasionally detour into more experimental, avant garde pieces, as on the freeform, glitchy synth belch, “I Wanted To Go To The Party.”
“Let’s Go Find Mushrooms’ uses found sounds and glorious harmonies interspersed with treated, pre-recorded voices (a recurring device throughout several tracks) to create the soundtrack to a carefree adventure roaming in the woods, while “I’ve Heard Giants,” “Ya Chaika,” and “Wild Blue Yonder” boast elegant, classical airs via their ethereal piano motifs, reminiscent of Tortoise and Felt in their quieter moments.
As befits these transglobal collaborations, some things get lost in the translation (pardon the pun). “Teenage Desk” is mostly multilayered wordless vocals that induce a sense of serenity, but the eventual emergence of a backing track seems random and directionless – as if the pair tried to string two unrelated segments together. But overall, it’s an intriguing mixture of avant garde, textural experiments and laidback piano ruminations, and should appeal to adventurous collectors of instrumental soundscapes, electronic noodlings, and wordless vocals. 7/10 -- Jeff Penczak (24 June, 2010)