You know you're in for a treat when a press release states that this album 'will cushion your ears like soft feathery pillows as you drift off to a hazy world of blooming cherry blossoms and floating butterflies.' I'm normally one of the first to call bullshit on PR agency's rather flowery wording, but in fairness they really do seem to have it exactly right on this one. This is dream-pop at its most luxurious, and at times inventive.

Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi (as Cuushe) paints an incredibly realised world throughout Butterfly Case, it's just a shame that the gloss adorning this album starts to peel a little after a while. 'Sort of Light' kicks off the album, and immediately had me thinking of Beach House, and how I always want them to act with a little more urgency; this quality is something which Cuushe nails here. There's also delicate electronic vibes here, a sense of Opiate influences with dainty beats holding together the rhythm of the songs. 'I Dream About Silence' carries on with these successes well, before we are thrown into the dense 'Butterfly' with its echoey vocals. 'I Love You' strips everything down as much as it can be, a more prominent vocal delivery accompanies sampled piano chords. The outro has Hitotsuyanagi repeat the track's title and by now everything seems golden.

Unfortunately, the following three tracks tread slightly more rocky ground. Dream-pop is a hard genre to keep both entertaining and consistent, and certainly Cuushe falters a little getting the marriage of these two qualities balanced. The middle section features a slight oddity of production, where the prominence of certain sounds are misplaced and unfortunately this weak middle is something of a burden on the rest of the album. This is a great shame, as the final three tracks are brilliant. 'Swing Your Heart' returns to a relaxed and slowed tempo, giving the album weight as it heads towards its finale. 'Steamy Mirror' takes its cues from Sigur Rós' Takk... and manages to become the most intricate track on offer, building up a clear, well-defined sound with balanced melody and heart. 'Hanabi' closes the album superbly, focusing in on dream-pop's darker side, managing to make the ethereal both haunting and beautiful.

If it weren't for a bizarre middle section, Cuushe's second album would be unmissable, a perfect example of nailing your remit. The score I have to give this album based on that, however, should not ignore the fact that you must give this album a listen. The good here is incredibly good, and the bad here is just a little off, and although it ruins the flow of the album, taking the songs on their individual merit, there is just something here you'd be genuinely missing out on if you don't start letting Cuushe into your life.