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Chihei Hatakeyama is a Tokyo sound artist whose past credits include a sweet album for Kranky and now Room 40 are pleased, no doubt, to be curating his new collection, 'Saunter'. We were discussing this morning why drone/post ambient music is so damn popular at the moment with many musicians being particularly prolific in the field. I have many theories being a learned man & practitioner of ex ...

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Saunter by Chihei Hatakeyama
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 20 May 2009
Chihei Hatakeyama is a Tokyo sound artist whose past credits include a sweet album for Kranky and now Room 40 are pleased, no doubt, to be curating his new collection, 'Saunter'. We were discussing this morning why drone/post ambient music is so damn popular at the moment with many musicians being particularly prolific in the field. I have many theories being a learned man & practitioner of exaggerated, tasteless waffle. Theory 1 - everyone hates British Guitar bands because American ones are so much cooler & don't look as muppet-y than their Brit NME boyband compatriots. The only way to remain cool & aloof is to immerse yourself in something more spiritual & esoteric. Theory 2 - people like monging out to elongated tones & sustained notes because they're all drugged up fuckweasels. Theory 3 - many musicians have become incredibly lazy or just listen to everything Brian Eno says. Theory 4 - this music is perfect to escape from the gruelling onslaught of todays testing, cluttered, over stimulated, hectic, rat-race times. This CD is a blissful, moving body of work that'll appeal to the more discerning Stars of the Lid/Infraction/Kranky devotee. 6 tracks of yearning, morphing, shimmering waves of heavenly drone, driftscape construction & found sound cascading all over your tired brain. Loving this stuff loads these days and this is another treasure to add to my gatherings thus far.....

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