Jizue
Shiori


4.0
excellent

Review

by Halcyon USER (9 Reviews)
January 19th, 2015 | 14 replies


Release Date: 08/11/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'We didn’t really change anything. We just got deeper into the playing of the music.'

Familiarity does not necessarily imply imitation. Convention can be subverted to serve a different aesthetic entirely, twisting the familiar into a welcoming stranger. Jizue’s own blend of jazz and post-rock depends on this, anchoring their wayward fusion to reliable structures and recognisable musical palettes. The result is a cheerful exercise in musical portraiture, with Shiori, their fourth LP, capturing the same gentle playfulness of their earlier releases. Admittedly, Jizue haven't experimented far past their previous efforts with this album, but perhaps they never felt the need. Ten tracks, a self-aware ‘Intro’, a reading motif - shiori translates to bookmark - it’s all ground they’ve tread before. It succeeds because they embellish the mundane, what we dare call the known, allowing their particular fusion to blossom into a sound that’s effortlessly their own.

It’s a question of approach. Shiori’s composition relies on intuition and instinct, their structural frameworks providing a foundation for music that feels, by construction, improvisational. It’s an ideal that belies their musical skill, carefully crafting what sounds like a perfect jam, each member falling beneath the keen pulse of the whole. ‘Bullet Bill’ opens with staccato guitar and spirited piano, yet beneath the initial powering stride, everything feels lighthearted - it’s a rare album that shares the spontaneous joy of the musicians. They’re caught in the turmoil: the title track is wrought from conflict and contrast, with skittering piano yielding to a military beat. Not every track is powered by such chaotic energy - ‘Wind’ slows to reveal a quieter jazz core - but its presence pervades even the slower moments. Even when subdued, they hum with a quiet, barely restrained exhilaration.

Much like Journal before it, Shiori involves collaboration: Ikkyu Nakajimi appears on ‘Photograph’, a more traditional jazz-rock piece that lilts between gentle and driving. On the other, ‘Shinko’, Jizue do nothing to hide their enthusiasm for working with Shing02, as piano and guitar accelerate alongside an idol’s rapping. It’s an awkward position for an instrumental band accustomed to the spotlight, but Jizue never lose sight of their identity: the expressive counterpoint of guitar and piano, the intricacies of Shin Kokawa’s drumming, the vivid climbs and the exhausted collapses, they all remain, shifting to act as a vessel for the new-found vocals.

Yet, they remain their strongest when left to themselves. ‘March of the Monkey’ builds through a series of guitar solos, eventually coalescing into a manic push forward, the piano steadily climbing in intensity as the guitar collapses into distortion. ‘Fauve’ carries the same emotional force, a showcase of percussion that jumps between the sly and the bombastic. Jizue may consent to pause on occasion, but only to heighten the inevitable squall - they exploit space, dancing between the two genres, each little twist a burst of colour. After all, few instrumental albums manage to conjure such imagery. Just as Novel or Journal before it, Shiori shifts from mood to mood, idea to idea, a succession of moments and thoughts. From the light ‘Intro’ to the distinctly cadential ‘Blessing’, much as their album titling suggests, Jizue are bound to the story.



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HalcyonMusic
January 19th 2015


83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/shiori/id902515307

4.1

iamamanfromspace
January 19th 2015


1028 Comments


Really great album and review

Sniff
January 19th 2015


1906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool review. I think the album isn't as good as the previous one but it's okay I guess.

sixdegrees
January 19th 2015


19100 Comments


yeah

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Calc
January 19th 2015


12951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album isn't as good as the previous ones but it has a rap song on it sooooo

JokineAugustus
January 19th 2015


7922 Comments


Spermue

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iamamanfromspace
January 19th 2015


1028 Comments


The Shing02 track is tooooo legit

JokineAugustus
January 19th 2015


7922 Comments


does this riff?

FIIYKA
January 19th 2015


17 Comments


Yes.

iamamanfromspace
January 19th 2015


1028 Comments


It's good and it should have more ratings!

FadedSun
January 19th 2015


1424 Comments


Shing 02 is on this? Gotta check.

iamamanfromspace
January 20th 2015


1028 Comments


Yeah the video is super dope too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VonIRm0kNpI

dimsim3478
January 21st 2015


6592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SHING

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FadedSun
January 21st 2015


1424 Comments


That Shing02 track is AMAZING.



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