Returning to Editions Mego for this, her first solo release since
2008's "Trust", Tujiko Noriko has created something that initially
sounds, looks and feels like a pop record, but turns out to be an avant garde labradoodle
in pop sheep's clothing.
"My Heart isn't Only Mine", a long piece of over 14 minutes, took me out of my room, and I felt as though I had arrived at a concert at a Punkt Festival I couldn't remember. Anyone who knows me knows that this is a good thing: an exceptionally good thing. Noriko sings in both English and Japanese, but here, she sings in Japanese. There is an ambient quality at first, Noriko's voice swimming amid notes of silver and gold, shoaling back and forth. However, this quality slides gracefully into a different feeling altogether with the arrival of various acoustic instruments, and most particularly, the organ that plays a ...