Masaya Kato's music is gently tethered by barely played piano notes, found sounds and rural ambient fluttering. Trace Of Voices comes together sounding the way minimal music should, each instrument filling a different corner of the room that respects the composition as a whole, while feeling only just a part of it. Like Grouper's Ruins, it's a record in which you hear both the physical setting and the music at the same time.
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- TRS049 / Ltd deluxe art edition CD on Time Released Sound. Edition of 65 copies in hand made, Japanese style, 2015 calendar/ scroll package w/ ephemera
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10/10 keith how Customer review, 2nd April 2015
I awake aware of distant traffic noise , a siren wails in the distance . Somewhere the breeze disturbs a wind chime . A piano gently plays in the room next to mine or is that in another dimension close to mine ? Static hisses and crackles to accompany the piano , a random note here then another three or four.
I walk to the door in the hazy morning sunlight passing through linen curtains . In the hallway a clock tick tocks while the sound of a passing airliner brings an awareness of the distant real world. The piano continues to almost play.
Stllness . Space .
Ambient sounds echo from another place I cannot find , a short wave radio on the hall table is attempting to pick up an opera but the signal keeps dropping out . Static crackles and pops and in the distance that piano picks out a note here and there. A surreal yet harmonious peace surrounding me.
I take a seat by the window, the clock ticking for company, distant birdsong and a flute plays a melody from another time . A fragment of conversation , sounds of kitchen activity and the piano plays another note or two.
Is this all a dream ?
"Traces of Voices " is simply a masterpiece of its type. Restrained, gentle , warm and slightly mysterious. Gorgeous. 5 stars.
( a very happy ) Keith How.
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