There’s a very subdued and poignant video from Spirit Fest. And it’s hauntingly lovable. We see perceived ‘sadness’ from the central character in the cart-horse, which sets up the short story. The combination of song and video, takes our breath a bit.
As for Spirit Fest, here’s are the words via -Jon Willks (Grizzly Folk)-
Bewitching Avant-Pop album from impromptu supergroup built around acclaimed Japanese duo, Tenniscoats. Featuring Markus Acher of The Notwist, Jam Money and Joasihno.
Ltd. vinyl edition contains a 7inch featuring the tracks ‘River River’ and non-album track ‘Donguri’.
In these dark and uncertain times, there’s an ever-growing collective of peaceful, loving types, bound together by an understanding of one peculiar word: Tenniscoats. Aside from being the name of an influential Tokyo-based duo, it represents fun, artistic freedom, experimentation and – perhaps most important of all – inclusivity.
Producer Tadklimp would sensitively set-up around us in this narrow window of time, so as to document that first and intuitive moment of collective discovery.” “Nearly everything was recorded live,” agrees Markus, “playing and singing together in one room with piano, guitars, percussion and some keyboards.” The collaborators came from Germany, Japan, the UK, Greece and beyond. That sense of inclusivity is palpable.
From the tender beauty of Markus’s “River River” and Saya’s “Mikan” to the electro-Merseybeat of Tenniscoat’s “Nambei” and the half-crazed pianica-reggae of “Shuti Man”, the resulting album is a testament to the manner of which these musicians are able to channel their songwriting through their spontaneity. It’s also a snapshot of a gentle and intuitive moment in time – a beautiful meetup that expands this community, happily, even further.