Rainstick Orchestra - The Floating Glass Key in the Sky
Japanese duo Rainstick Orchestra claim to be influenced more by 'paintings and constructions' than other musicians, and it shows. This, their debut album, is hard to categorize. The Floating Glass Key in the Sky is calm, minimalist, and, with the exception of sampled human voice on Powderly, wholly instrumental.
If the record is likely to be filed under chill-out, Closed Circuit is the track which fits this label most comfortably. Over ten minutes long, its warm chord washes and tinkling melodies are given time to build, making for a gorgeous (albeit cliched) end to the album.
Overflow, electronica by way of, well, jazz, and Waltz For A Little Bird (beautifully delicate, described perfectly by its title) are the two other stand out tunes, but, really, there's nothing here that feels bad for the soul. Rainstick Orchestra have fashioned forty-five minutes of aural detox that should lift the spirits of anyone willing to embrace its simplicity.