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Okamotonoriaki - A Little Planet

Recommended by us on 15th January 2013. 2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

A Little Planet by Okamotonoriaki
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  • CD + DVD set on Mu-Nest (mnc013)
  • Artist: Okamotonoriaki
  • Label: Mu-Nest
  • Genres: Electronica / IDM
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(1 review) 9/10


9/10 according to on Tue 15 Jan, 2013

I missed the boat on Okamotonoriaki’s debut ‘Telescope’ a couple of years ago, although I hear it was good, but now I get to review his new one ‘A Little Planet’ and try to get my head around this Japanese audio-visual artist’s astonishingly detailed and varied sound palette as he carves delicate passages of gently emotional, often uplifting electro acoustic bliss pop with no small amount of style. Cokiyu appears on one track, and it’s mastered by none other than Chihei Hatakeyama so it’s fair to expect quality here.

There’s a DVD included with three videos by Okamotonoriaki himself and one by TS Wendelstein but I can’t watch it in the office so I’m just reviewing from the CD album itself, and to be honest with you I’m finding it delightful. Beautifully balanced melodies and rhythms and a microscopic attention to detail are bringing to mind all kinds of characters; I guess it falls somewhere between Plaid and Message To Bears/J.R Alexander and Hood and Philip Glass and Chapelier Fou but without sounding all that much like any of those. You know what I mean, though - immersive and lovingly crafted electronic beats mixed with a kind of pastoral and human melodic bent and more than a handful of crystalline melodies. It’s very difficult not to like.


Press release

“The world is getting smaller.” 

“For the past 2 years, a lot of things have happened to me. I travelled to Kuala Lumpur in 2011. I travelled to Beijing in 2012. I take a peek at the world through the internet. The world sometimes spots me back. This planet is getting smaller and smaller. Still, I'm only a tiny being. I sometimes feel sad. Since 2011, a lot seems to have changed in my island country. At least I now think of death more often than before. And I now feel that an ordinary life is a happy one. Day by day my emotions sway back and forth like this. I feel like I know what the world is like, but at the same time, I know nothing about the world. I live inside this huge universe, and I'm only a tiny little being. This album is a record of me from 2011 to 2012.” – okamotonoriaki. 

2 years after his critically acclaimed debut album, “Telescope”, musician cum visual artist okamotonoriaki picked up where he left off, and back with his 2nd solo album - “A Little Planet”, a wonderfully melodic album that is almost diary-like, capturing the emotions about uncertainties, about happiness, and about exploring the new sides of life. 

Beautiful piano notes, exquisite melody lines, layer after layer of masterfully crafted beat programming, those details that made up okamotonoriaki’s gorgeous debut album, continue to excel in this new album. Mellow field recordings, those tiny noises and delicate glitches that hover around, added further depth into his works, and the extensive use of the elements of beats further illustrates the movement of the emotions in the interaction with the daily life. 

One of the highlights in this album, is the wonderful collaboration with Tokyo’s famed indie musician, Cokiyu. Her feathery whispering vocals gracefully instilled a new dimension into okamotonoriaki’s pop-ish electronica work. To add more diversity into the album, he also roped in his live performance acoustic guitarist, Takumi Nishinoya, to breeze some gentle fresh air into the electronic pieces, making his music even more accessible, and irresistible. 

As an award-winning visual artist, okamotonoriaki produced 3 amazing music videos for the album, which are included in the DVD-R accompanying the album. The DVD-R also features another beautiful music video produced by Berlin visual artist, T.S. Wendelstein. 

“A Little Planet” is skilfully mastered by Tokyo’s renowned musician and sound engineer, Chihei Hatakeyama, and features the wonderful design by Tokyo/Berlin-based design studio The Simple Society, with illustrations from Izumi Matsuhashi. 

Welcome, to the little planet, of okamotonoriaki. 


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