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Soto – “Soto EP” (Creation Centre)

Soto - Soto EPExperimental J-Pop | Two of the four members of experimental Pop-outlet Soto made a first impact on me with their debut release for the Creation Centre Netlabel under the name of Oto. Situated between LA and Kyoto, equipped with a certain focus on Folk and Pop, Soto took a good step towards traditional song-structures, slightly moving away from pure sound design and tapestry.

Actually, there is a rather big amount of Westcoast-Pop within this tiny EP. "My Blue Plane", the last of the four tunes, brings forth a strong Beach Boys flavor, dressed in an introvert shoegaze outfit. Simon & Garfunkel came to my mind, too. You can't beat beauty, that's a fact, no matter how many generations passed! Make sure to catch all the little noise, flutes, guitar and vocal-layers... stunning, ethereal.

But there are three more songs to be heard. The opener "Playful Day" is a Animal Collective-style meditation on delay and reverberated clusters of guitar, just fine. "Only Star" comes off as a surprising mixture of smooth Jazz-vocals (Japanes language), chamber Pop and loose snippets of rhythm. The violin introduced here is more prominent deployed in the third tune "Orange". A sweet and innocent Pop-song with melodica, strings and fine guitars-noise in the back, super.

The haunting artwork was done by Ryoko Uchida (no infos though...).

Soto in their Rehersal Room

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Phlow-Author Bettina Rhymes This article was written on 7.March 2008 by Bettina Rhymes. Bettina Rhymes is the journalist alter ego of Sven Swift. Swift runs the established CDr- and Netlabel and acts as a Netaudio DJ every now and then. Next to his job at Phlow Mag, he writes reviews about free music at Read more articles written by .


  • Очень хочу послушать эту музыку

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    25. Mar 2008 at 10:58 pm
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    2. Apr 2008 at 11:45 am
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  • hallo moritz,
    ich hatte deine aktivitäten aus dem auge verloren. da ich mich auch aus dem aktuellen koelncampus geschehen zurücvkgezogen habe und ich 2 kinder habe, war musik in den letzten jahren nicht so wichtig.
    prompt bin ich via facebook, nem freund, modularfield und colognecommon aufphlow gelandet. schoen wenn mann wieder da landet, wo man schon mal war. habe gerade die compilation 'fall is for lovers' angehoert. schoen.
    dann wollte ich mir gerne die soto ep laden, doch werde bei phlow noch bei derem label ging das. schade.
    ich komme wieder (und die pause wird kürzer sein)

    Gravatar of dirk ablass dirk ablass said on
    27. Mar 2009 at 7:57 pm
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  • cool. freu mich. wenn du in köln wohnst, können wir uns gerne mal wieder auf einen café treffen :) habe ja jetzt deine email.

    Gravatar of mo. mo. said on
    28. Mar 2009 at 2:24 am
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  • soto zip link should be ok...

    Gravatar of Bettina Rhymes Bettina Rhymes said on
    28. Mar 2009 at 7:19 pm
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