Country : Canada (Quebec) Label : Mothland Genres and styles : Avant-Rock / Experimental / Contemporary / Krautrock / prog / Prog Rock Year : 2023

PAN M 360 / TOP 100 : Atsuko Chiba – Water It Feels Like It’s Growing

· by Stephan Boissonneault

Over the past few weeks, our most active record reviewers have had the task of choosing their 5 favorite recordings of 2023, and here they are. This selection is unique and quite different of all you can find on the web or through traditional medias.
Much like a frenzied trip on psychedelics, on Water, It Feels Like It’s Growing, just when you think you understand a song’s shape, it suddenly splits into a droney and hypnotic whirl. Atsuko Chiba will offer a haunting guitar trill or synth flourish halfway through a track like “Seeds” before bursting into an orchestral interlude with a string section of violins and cello. The third full-length from the Montreal experimental prog rock group is a concoction of unexpected ingredients, revealing a new melody or hidden rhythm with each listen. It’s a vicious cycle that offers little reprieve, but Atsuko Chiba manages to make the onslaught feel alive with possibilities.

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