Hakobune is a master and academic of instrumental music at this point, having released enough music for a full archive, dabbling in drone, ambient and the space between where they intersect. His works are often more melodious than that of the average drone merchant, though 'Seamless and Here' is more of a sustained collection, shimmering with the patience and meditation of Stars of the Lid.
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8/10 Ian Staff review, 08 October 2014
Otherwise known as Takahiro Yorifuji to his friends and family, Hakobune is a pretty hard working fella to say the least, releasing a crazy amount of records on various labels since 2007 to create a fanbase that stretches all over the globe. His exceptionally melodic drone pieces seem to really speak to people in a way that is quite hard to fathom given the extremely minimal aspect of his compositions, I suppose silence (almost) speaks volumes in a way that most traditional musicians couldn’t possibly comprehend.
Aside from all these questions is the fact that Hakobune is a real leader in this field of ambient beauty and ‘Seamless And Here’ is another marvelous piece of minimalist splendour, limited to 500 and hand numbered on glorious colour vinyl it’s five tracks of Yorifuji’s trademark gravity defying music. The title track swells in and out like a moonlit tide while ‘Heathered’ gives a more creepy atmosphere almost like being lost in an endless darkness, cold and scared. Hakobune can conjure a mood just by the smallest amount of change in melody and seems to take you away somewhere that you’ve never been before, don’t worry though, he’ll be holding your hand all the way.
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