My mind races trying to describe Chinatsu Kuzuu’s music. Should I share with y’all my first impressions? First, I hear the voice of June Tambor as transferred to a young woman (around her age) in Tokyo. Then, I hear the Gaelic fantasy music of Horslips, mutated through the introduction of digital polysynths, drum machines, and samplers. As my thinking speeds forward, I have to stop short and remind myself: all of this music was actually created by one person, seemingly, seriously divorced from whatever influences she’s putting forth. The City in the Sea is an album of unlikely marriages; its the marriage of Japanese techno-pop with English Neofolk music set to the poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Edgar Allen Poe, done in such a way that is awesomely fascinating and brilliant. I would have to imagine I’m dreaming if such an album, done by such an artist like Chinatsu Kuzuu would exist, if it, in fact, didn’t. It does, and boy is it special.