Hanami by SAMBOX: Review
French pianist, keyboardist and producer Samuel Pineau goes by the name SAMBOX. His latest song ‘Hanami’ is the perfect soundtrack to cherry blossoms season made in collaboration with a fellow French musician who pours her heart and soul into the cello, Anita Barbereau.
Hanami is the Japanese custom of appreciating the fleeting beauty of flowers; flowers in this context nearly always refer to those of cherry or, less frequently, plum trees. Cherry trees blossom throughout Japan from late March to early May and this time is referred to as the cherry blossoms season. As the name suggests, the song Hanami embodies the beauty and serenity of enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossom. Starting with Anita Barbereau’s heartfelt cello, backed by airy pads the song creates a dreamy soundscape. It is soon followed by SAMBOX adding piano, syncopated beats, and steady percussions that keep the rhythm going while Anita Barbereau does her magic on the cello. As the song progresses, more layers of melodies and beats get added and at one point the duo gets into a call-and-response section with the cello and the piano. The song also features subtle instruments and melodies that sound traditionally Japanese.
The song overall is very soothing with its relaxing cadences that transpire you to what I would like to call ‘the cherry blossoms state of mind’. Sit down, relax, put on your headphones, let your worries go, and let this song take you away to the cherry blossoms.
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Review by: Gabe Finch