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FJORDNE is a solo project of Fujimoto Sunichiro, who drives his hovering compositions forwards with careful, sometimes mournful piano. In the background lingers a wall of wandering electronic ambience and remembered-through-reverb jazz drums. Moonlit Invocations is out on the White Paddy Mountain label.

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Moonlit Invocations by FJORDNE
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 18 May 2015

White Paddy Mountain's latest is a far cry from the inescapable drone fog of label mainstays such as Chihei Hatakeyama and Federico Durand; Fjordne's 'Moonlit Invocations' eschews our stoical and far-removed ideas of what ambient music should be, dressing it up in a tuxedo and giving it the last dance after a classy party has all but cleared out. There are smatterings of IDM here, but know that when I say that I really mean smatterings: the beats are unsubtle and they play against the looping ambient music like a pie to the face. There's a whimsy and a charm to the music Fujimoto Sunichiro is making, and you notice it immediately. 

Using elements of jazz, found sound and even giving a nod to vaporwave's syncopated pop sound, Sunichiro has made something both ethereal and humorist. "Glati" soars with processed vocal, sampled spoken word, piano that's sprinkled like fine fairy dust, and beats that sound like they've been spat out more than they have produced. The free percussion dovetail of "Autumn; Wind" makes for a track that sounds busily flustered, again buoying Sunichiro's fidgety compositional style: he's making soundscapes, of a sort, but they're full to the brim.

Sunichiro's sense of sound collage is colourful and angular: the busy nature of these songs makes it sound like he's driving certain sounds through the heart of others, trying to reconcile disparate ideas into something that sounds like pop music but is altogether something else: drones that constantly ripple and roar. Think Spheruleus' new easy listening IDM and turn up the gain.


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