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This duo brings electric guitar (Chihei Hatakeyama) and tapes (Federico Durand) together for some ambient jams, reportedly recorded with a Buddha statue in mind. This is the first time the two have collaborated, and they seem to have stumbled upon some pretty potent chemistry. Magical Imaginary Child is released by White Paddy Mountain.

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Magical Imaginary Child by Chihei Hatakeyama + Federico Durand 1 review. Add your own review. 8/10
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8/10 Staff review, 12 August 2015

Influenced solely by a by a small statue of Buddha in the Hatakeyama house neighbouring temple, ambient guitar guy Chihei Hatakeyama has teamed up with tapes guy Durand to create a four track slice of wonder drift.

Hatakeyama picks slowly at a low end guitar whilst Durand finds hiss and whirrs and backwards stuff to let the tracks slowly unfurl. I find this to be gorgeous morning music. 8.30am at the towers is usually the time Phil is dealing with the no shows and the intercom stops working, but with this on the stereo even our frantic madcap boss has been pacified. ‘Nami’ uses less guitar and more drift creating a gentle world of swirls. ‘Cordelia’ has some nice dub delays in amongst the subtly shifting electronics and occasionally a slice of piercing feedback to disrupt the calm.

It’s an album that is a lot easier to listen to than to describe, beautiful to have on in the background whilst you potter about as it takes your mind far away from the harsh reality of the world.  


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