Sketch #1 EP
(2006, Creation Centre)
The remainder of this week’s review of free online EPs comes from the discovery of the magnificent Creation Centre label, focused solely on releasing music that can be freely downloaded. Oto’s Sketch #1 EP is the first of their now six releases and it couldn’t be a more beautiful start. Located in Japan, Oto embody a relaxed, yet technically adept group creating cinematic music with a flare not to dissimilar to Forest Gospel favourite Shugo Tokumaru. The EP spans 3 songs that clock in just below 14 minutes hugging two instrumental tracks around a light stepping folk one. The compositions remind me of one of those perfectly temperate evenings when the light is exactly between midday and midnight. Perfect porch weather type music. The Japanese vocals on "Color" are also incredibly beautiful and humbly charming. Makes you want look a little deeper in what is going on musically across the Pacific.