Delicate loveliness from ASUNA, an artist who believes in keeping it simple. Where previously he has tended towards expanses of minimal drone, here he mostly plays minimal melodic guitar, assisted by the perfectly-fitting vocals of Rima Kato. A gorgeous and understated set, and apparently one of the Home Normal label boss’s favourites ever. 500 CD copies out there.
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Lord knows I need a soothe and Japanese guitarist Asuna Arashi is in pole position to be the person to do it.
This is a lovely two track album of remarkably beautiful guitar textures. Unlike contemporaries such as Hakobune there aren’t many effects at play here just simpler acoustic guitars intertwining with minimal colour added by gentle accordion and whispery vocals. Opener ‘Her Fringe, Ferris Wheel, Ruins of Twisted Yarn’ plays around with two delicately plucked chords adding textures slowly to the mix. Everything happens as if in slow motion and you find yourself hopelessly lost in Asuna’s sound world. The second track ‘Midnight Snow, Street Lights, Empty Building’ is the perfect companion with expertly picked layers of acoustic guitar intertwining beautifully.
Asuna never does anything as disruptive as change chord, instead he keeps the music flowing, letting your mind wander to far away places as you listen. In this regard you could compare it to this years best picked acoustic guitar LP by Western Skies Motel but here the tracks are stretched to almost breaking point as Asuna makes you wait for the extra melodies that slowly seep in under the surface. Stunning stuff.
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