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This 2009 collaboration between the Glasgow-based Pastels and the Tokyo-based Tenniscoats is less a cross-cultural mashup than the merging of mutually sympathetic talents. Recorded over a period of several years, Two Sunsets serves up spun-sugar melodies decorated with wistfully childlike lyrics, sung dreamily in both English and Japanese. Pastel members Stephan and Katrina’s demure vocals are complimented by Tenniscoat Saya’s lilting tones, with Saya’s band mate Uero adding atmospheric touches on assorted woodwinds and percussion. The results are quaint, whimsical and often enchanting. A few pieces — including “Yomigaeru” and “Hikoki” — have a drowsy, shimmering ambiance inviting quiet meditation. “Sodane” and “Song for a Friend” are gauzy romantic pieces, tender and innocent. Slipping into a soul-pop vein, “Vivid Youth” moves to a summery groove reminiscent of Billy Stewart or Archie Bell. As ethereal as fog drifting across a distant landscape, Two Sunsets is a work of fragile, haunting charm.

Customer Reviews

Good album, but wrong genre

Great melody and somber tracks, but no track stands out. Although as a stand alone album, replay is very low. Listeners might enjoy this album in a playlist of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, AIR, etc.

Vivid Youth stands out

Fantastic opening; it really sucked me in. By far the best track of a solid album

amazing

my favorite album of all time

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although virtually unknown outside of indie rock circles, the Pastels were one of the most inspirational and enduring groups of the genre, in their early days spearheading a movement toward a renewed sense of wistful musical primitivism and willful naivete known variously as "shambling" and "anorak pop." In addition, their influence helped bring international notice to a resurgent Scottish musical community, with frontman Stephen Pastel's legendary 53rd and 3rd label helping to launch the careers...
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