Noble Label Motoomi Doi : The Illuminated Nightingale (JP,2013)***/****
Long time ago since I have heard any folktronic related release. The Japanese one-man band Motoomi Doi delivers us a CD that has aspects of bedroom lullabies with a slightly odd, almost outsider and somewhat breathy or soft voice as if never having been outside a children’s bedroom once except from the wide window view and vision upon the city, with just a slight introverted melancholic touch, at the same time the music itself is catchy, often even poppy and light, melodic and bright. The arrangements have acoustic guitar (one song especially), keyboards, soft vivid percussion, some drums, arrangements with an almost programmed laptop craftsmanship. In between softer modes are poppier tunes. Very enjoyable.