Fifto is one of those artists who apparently have zero interest in self-promotion, or even in existing outside of their immediate locality. A minimal electronicisist from the Japanese town of Sapporo, Fifto has finally been persuaded to release his glitching melodic delvings into the world, thanks to Home Normal. Exciting!
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9/10 Robin Staff review, 09 April 2015
Always a pleasure to hear from Home Alone Normal 2: Lost In New York, and this time the label is offering up an older but no less fragile pastiche of sound. Fifto isn’t the kind of artist who likes to tell people their band is playing tonight, or that they have a new album out, or that you should totally like their Facebook page to win a PS4, so… this is the best chance we have of listening to their music? The folks at Home Normal (aka that one guy at Home Normal) convinced Fifto to release his 2009 album ‘with miur’, and now it’s arrived at our ears: a delightful ambient record that breathes in sounds and then spits them out.
Fifto is one of the most dynamic ambient artists I’ve heard in a long time, to be honest: what he does breaks the Home Normal mould in the way Juxta Phona recently did, taking droning frameworks and inserting percussive throughlines and sudden sonic thoughts. The difference is that Fifto collates strange sounds to punctuate his soundscapes: bleeping and blooping, what sounds like a Skype logout, distant Grouper-esque singing, and momentary breaths.
Fifto’s music isn’t the kind you accustom yourself to, really: the glitches are so cut and spliced, and so rarely recycled, that the album feels like it’s constantly tearing into new ground. The soundscaping is self-evident: Fifto is here to wreak havoc on it, and the result is an urgent and incredibly emotive record, as influenced by some sort of downbeat woodland techno as it is drone. So, so good.
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