4 Bonjour's Parties
There seemed to be three times as many instruments as people on stage. From one instrument to the next, each band member was shuffling around stage to play the perfect instrument at the perfect moment. Space. With seven members playing all of these instruments, the key to 4 Bonjour’s Parties music is space. S p a c e.
Aware of the space in music, each instrument was carefully selected and each part was carefully played. Beautiful polyphony gave the music a complex texture and sophisticated sound, while maintaining an easy listen with emotional overtones. It felt as though being dropped into a Gondry-esq childish animation of paddling down stream and being amazed at the simple wonders of the world. Maybe we’re watching the stars from a cabin in the woods or drinking a cup of tea in a café by the river. Either way, it felt like the musical expression of a quiet artist interpreting the world.
4 Bonjours Parties live @ Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji Tokyo 5/28/07
In my interview, they said they like to play their music in a café setting or a museum gallery. “Some people will dance, some people will sit, some people will sleep, some people will think. The important thing is that people can enjoy the music as freely as we make it.”
4 Bonjour’s Parties has a diverse indie sound that is calming, emotional, and artistic in its own way. A Japanese band with Western influences, they make “Japanese Western music that sounds like it is from nowhere.” The horns, flute, percussion, guitars, keyboards, electronics, and vocals all flow together, weaving in and out of each other to make a colorful painting of artistic expression and textured sound.
4 Bonjour’s Parties first release, “Pigments Drift Down to the Brook”, is a fine debut album and hopefully the starting point for a history of eclectic evolution and musical growth. I look forward to hearing what comes next from these talented musicians.