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- Five Dreams by Chihei Hatakeyama
8/10 Ant Staff review, 29 October 2015
Since Japan’s Chihei Hatakeyama first appeared in 2006 with his debut on Kranky, he’s been an extremely prolific producer of lush ambient music. With more than thirty albums scattered across labels like Room40, Home Normal, Under The Spire, Rural Colours etc. In recent years his output has mostly appeared on his own White Paddy Mountain label - ‘Five Dreams’ is the latest disc to grace the imprint.
Based on the theme of Soseki Natsume’s novel ‘Ten Nights of Dreams’. ‘Five Dreams’ consists of five tracks inspired by dreams, titled according to the month the dream was dreamed. However rather than working as a sort of dream diary built from scratch, the foundation sound files for each track were all laid down on the same day; using guitar and reverb. Then presumably later tweaked and built upon as the dreams occurred. Chihei has been having some ultra pleasant dreams by the sounds of things - super tranquil ambient tones that hover and float. It’s like flying through infinite white skies. Nothing like my dreams; which are terrifying and involve all sorts of disturbing stuff like little kids being decapitated. Maybe I should listen to this at night and float away. Maybe the listener could even dream the same dreams? Lovely stuff as always from Chihei.
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