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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Imagine the rustbelt of American folklore, in the illusion of a ghost town breathing tumbleweeds of long-winded interruption with each whistle of eerie. These streets, barren, and your boots kick up dust mildly as a smile recognizes the foot-printed trail towards the saloon. Less an unconvincing sound calls to your attention the density of luminescent speckles penetrating the sky, and; all the while, the back pocket of your favorite blue jeans contains enough currency to extract memories of good times had, as a sustained chord beckons the release of transient memories to be.

These double-hinged doors resist an effortless entrance into the weather-beaten foundation where time is at seemingly peaceful standstill. Chiyoko has taken the stage and disregarded your every attempt to ignore these trivial surroundings by bringing to light a vision, picturesque and not always so automatic in daily routine, this is cinematic. Music for people nostalgic of simpler times, there is a good deal of personal fortune and its subsequent antithesis in these persuasive feminine vocals, and if that's not enough, it has a tendency to rock now and again, too.

I will not get into the logistics of Chiyoko's extensive career in music (cuz if you don't know, you better aks somebody), rather, this review focuses on the quality and craftsmanship of a self-released solo album and as a pertinent morsel of her live show. Begin with a "Smile", it is the easiest way to meet people. The lush vocals on this track are very directive and give a good indication of where her graceful intent is heading, or so one is led to think. However, one should expect more than this because a smile can easily become a dark smirk hinting at a bigger picture. There is nothing sugarcoated about any of these tracks and as you go on, you get a sense of the fine adroitness given to each new scene, like a hand-carved box with illustrated patterns of inscribed precision. This song in particular takes some tasteful rock adhesive and applies it without warning to your medulla oblongata, so don't be surprised if you find yourself humming the chorus all day, in the shower, what have you. The sound quality of "Go On", which I'll freely admit to be my favorite track, is definitely worth mentioning and perhaps the commendable result of another fine record engineered by Brian Deck. It comes as no surprise that Chiyoko's vocals have an edge over the plated reverb that gives it the resonance of a titanium roller-skating rink. "Bleed" slows it down to articulate all the fine points of carving this sculpture, it will goes again against the grain as backward drum fills pan in and out, opening the box to reveal an infinite assembly of harmonies. Deck, including the musical resources of Julie Liu, Greg Ratajczak, Jeff Carleton, Tim Hurley, Ben Taylor, Randy Henry, Ted Cho, Alianna Kalaba, and Fred Lonberg; have all contributed to make Cinematic the very delicious record that marks this historical fixture into the careers of a working musicians, (which has incubated for five years in its creative embryonic stage.) Still, all this glides through the pretense of smiles and unabashed introductions with ease, until "Monsters" check your coat at the door and seat you deep into the mystery of these cogent soliloquies that constantly builds up fascination, then breaks out into a moratorium of guitar feedback. A solitary guitar plucks a rhythm that is destined to sink into you memory and possibly give your bed eyes a chance to focus. This track reminds me of the perplexing duties of a clock builder, yet another demonstration of the fine-pointed precision and natural flow that Chiyoko is so good at performing. The title track, "Cinematic", completes this satiating album with a final taste of her sweet voice trailing off into some very high notes and also the likely precursor to many great songs to come from Chiyoko.

Reviewed by June Woons

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