SEASONS – From Jazzy Downbeats to Deep House
Japanese Multiinstrumentalist, producer and film music composer Massa Takemoto and his musical partner Jean Honeymoon, Lounge Diva Deluxe, are a musical match made In Heaven, although both happily married to other partners 😉 While they have yet to meet in person, it seems they’ve known each other for years. “Ever since I first heard Jean’s voice, I’ve wanted the chance to collaborate with her,” says Massa Takemoto. “Now that I’ve gotten that opportunity, it couldn’t have been at a better time. The release of ‘Seasons’ appropriately coincides with a time for big changes in my life, and the music is all the closer to my heart for it.”
And Jean Honeymoon couldn’t be happier about the cooperation as well: “The lyrics and vocal melodies came not only from within, they were inspired by Massa’s music – making it easy for me to tell the story I wanted to tell.” Jean co-wrote the Seasons EP with fellow Peacelounge artist Takemoto whilst recovering at home from a disability related injury – her song lyrics celebrating life and love before and after permanent disability in 2010. One is tempted to call their musical relationship “symbiotic”, a perfect match, as they share the sense of depth and melancholy, yet at the same time life-affirming power in music which pervades the atmosphere of all tracks on this ep: “Seasons” is a bona fide jazzy deep house number, “We Are” is easily recognized by its signature bass line which provides a big bouncy cushion for Jean’s dreamy vocals. Speaking of “dreamy”: “Stargazing” completes the set with a loungey downtempo groove and melancholic vocal fragments… Enjoy!
A1 “Seasons” (120 bpm)
B1 “We Are” (120 bpm
B2 “Stargazing” (96 bpm)