Gato Libre: Strange Village (2005)
The atmosphere is lyrical and mostly subdued. "Welcome Party," with an Eastern European celebratory mood, and "Dance," with an insistently shimmering rhythm and riveting accordion/guitar interplay, both turn up the heat. But it's a lilting, ephemeral heat, like bright sunshine on a late autumn day.
A lesson I have learned from listening to Tamura's discography is to expect the unexpected. From the radioactive Hada Hada (NatSat, '03) to the floating, soft-edged Ko Ko Ko Ke (NatSat, '04), he proves himself an artist completely unafraid of changing directions and taking risks.
With Strange Village Tamura and the quartet have crafted a gorgeously straightforwardalbeit mysterious and slightly surrealsound. This musical journey proves his most accessible set to date.
Track Listing: Morning Mist; Gentle Journey; Strange Village; Welcome Party; Dialogue; Dance; Dreaming a Lot; Then Normal Life; Journey Again; Wasteland of Peat
Personnel: Natsuki Tamura: trumpet; Kazuhiko Tsumura: guitar; Satoko Fujii: acordion; Norikatsu Koreyasu: bass.
Record Label: Muzak