It isn’t often I listen to and review classical music. In fact, this may well be the first time. Tokyo born and London based violinist and songwriter Diana Yukawa’s new EP was sent to me this week and I have to say that as a normally indie and alternative listener, I did find it quite soothing altogether.
She has played in large, prestigious venues all over the world and has treated hundreds of thousands of people to her talent. To date, she has released three albums and this new EP sees her move into a more revolutionary sound. She says of the new release:
“I suppose you could say the sound is a blend of classical and electronic. It lends itself very well to visuals because I think it is very atmospheric and emotive -lots of people say it sounds very filmy”.
It does definitely sound like it could be the soundtrack for an epic drama or big love story. The opening track My Way Home begins sparsely with a slow piano breaking the silence every now and then. Diana’s violin joins about a minute in and it evolves into a pretty classical piece which wouldn’t look out of place on Downton Abbey or a murder mystery show. The absence of lyrics in classical music means that the instruments have to do all the work and convey the right feelings and emotions. Diana’s EP certainly does that and My Way Home is very much a brooding, calm sensation. The drum adds another level and there is certainly a touch of the dark to the song but it dies down again and falls asleep.
Juno is a dark, mysterious track that features a fuzzy resonance in the back and sad, whiney violins. After the intro, it picks up into a chaotic carnivalesque sound that becomes almost like a chase scene. The licks of the violin repeat throughout the remainder of the track and it becomes quite catchy, if that’s the right word to describe an electro-classical piece. Although you can’t sing along to it, you can certainly hum which is a new and intriguing experience for me!
Closing on City of Shadows, the record dies down again and we are left with a calm swaying rhythm. The slow piano from the beginning returns and the violin is very quiet. There is a period of a monotone drawl which is quite haunting and it then returns to the pop song piano. It is beautiful background music for when you’re eating out, chilling out or trying to lapse into sleep.
The twist of the electro piano is a great addition and it really brings the classical element up to date. Diana Yukawa is no doubt a very exciting talent and she certainly has introduced me to a whole world of music that I had never even dipped into before. Thanks to her for making this blog that little bit more diverse!