Water Fai - Girls in the White Dream
Record Label: White Shoe Records
Release Date: March 4, 2008
Water Fai are a female four-piece from Japan who play post-rock in a similar vein to that of Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai. Noticing the lack of women in the post-rock scene, the girls felt they had to stand up and try and make a name for themselves worldwide, proving that it is not only the males who can really perform in this genre. Their music is well worth a listen for any post-rock fan, and the way they beautifully craft their melodies into full blown instrumentals, jam packed with a peaceful, calm emotion is astounding. I certainly recommend them and will be looking out for future releases. Girls in the White Dream has eight tracks, and is mainly a re-release of their demo record, 2004-2006, with the production honed to perfection and a few tracks deleted or edited to suit the wishes of the new record label. The entire album carries a dreamy feel which carries the listener away and releases him into a world as yet unvisited, where he can really have space to think and can be peaceful.
Opener "To the Green Town" sets the tone for this record; this seven minute tune epitomizes everything that Water Fai are. It has a repeated melody on the bass and a soothing drum beat, and the other two guitarists are almost allowed to wander off, occasionally allowing space for the drummer to maneuver a few basic fills in between. The next track "You Are the Sun" is one of my favourites on the album, and it includes a small vocal section, although I haven't included lyrics in the ratings section, because on the few occasions they do sing, they merely chant a selected line, in this case the song title. "You Are the Sun" has a wonderful flowing feel to it which crescendos up and down and sounds like some kind of aural slide. Other highlights include "Silent Foam," which features the most vocals used, and a slightly more chord-orientated melody, and closer "Girls in the White Dream," my other favourite. The dynamics are varied throughout this record but are especially emphasized here, where the lead guitar trails around through all seven minutes. It's another beautiful offering from the band.
Overall, while a clear pattern is established throughout the record, in no way does the album grow boring or sound repetitive. The layering and texture of the album is wonderful, and how it all comes together, especially under the control of the new, more experienced producer, sounds fantastic. It gives a dreamy sound, and though it is obviously influenced by previous artists, it is uniquely unparalleled in today's scene. These four ladies definitely deserve more recognition.