Rima Kato is a talented singer-songwriter from Japan, and Sing-Song is her brand new album. It’s a folk album, which is a genre I’ve never really covered on this website, and I don’t know why. I loved this album. It was sweet, with gorgeous guitar-driven melodies and beautiful and soulful vocals from the Japanese singer, who really steals the show with her soothing, smooth-as-honey voice.
On this fantastic new album, she interprets hundred-year-old works by Victorian poet Christina Rossetti. The album is filled with playful melodies that feel sweet to listen to, as well as a folk guitar bounce. This album was really able to bring Christina’s poetry to life in the most breathtaking way. Tracks like “A ring upon her finger” feature subtle but powerful guitar leads and keys, as well as what sounds like an accordion in the background, giving the track a soothing, stunning aura, especially with the dominating melody throughout the track. “Crying, my little one, footsore and weary?” features a computerized drum pattern that provides this track with a slight bounce, but Rima’s amazing vocals make this track sound so pure and human. “Hope is like a harebell trembling from its birth” similarly has electronic elements to it, but the warmth from Rima’s voice makes it a stunning piece of music. Overall, she is able to create a beautifully composed project which celebrates the work of an influential poet in the most delicate way you can imagine. I’m really impressed with this release.
Listen to Rima Kato’s excellent new album Sing-Song below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support!