Haco, Haco

David Stubbs

By David Stubbs

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Japanese vocalist ably channels Kate Bush and Lene Lovitch.

Former After Dinner vocalist Haco has made a career out of deconstructing pop, even to the extent of inventing devices such as a “bugscope” system designed to amplify the sounds emanating from computers, minidiscs, etc. On this, her first 1997 solo album, the Japanese musician sets out her stall in a deceptively winsome manner — comparisons with Kate Bush and Lene Lovitch seem appropriate — which nonetheless reveals a mind capable of more than mere kookiness. The title of “Would You Like Some Mushrooms?” alone indicates her disingenuousness, but it's the overall use of tangential, squiggling guitars, halting, cut-up verses and faux oriental fragrances that suggest an artist remaking pop on the spot.