In a Dream, by Michiru Aoyoma, is the latest work to get the beautiful handmade-packaging-with-extra-lovely photos treatment from the Shimmering Moods label. This is a record of highly capable electronic ambience, destined to put you in a great frame of mind. Limited to only 100 copies (hand-numbered, to prove it).
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 11 June 2015
Shimmering Moods, the most honestly-named record label on the planet. No sooner had I hit the play button than I was greeted by a calming ambient swell, but what’s this? Some very interesting shimmer here, like a bath full of watery insects with an incense stick burning. Bliss.
Bliss is the word for Aoyama’s music, as you’d expect from ‘Moods, it’s all twinkly and carefully layered. Soft noise washes up and down the spectrum doing its best to mimic waves on a beach, which is coincidentally featured in the artwork. Literal ambient? Why not, journalists coin all sorts of bullshit to describe the weird thing we call music. Of course, you’ve got the indistinct melodic swells that ambient records can’t be released without, as well as some fuzz to counteract it. I’m trying to dismiss this in my head as ‘just another ambient thing’ but it’s just too peaceful so I’ll give up on that.
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