CD £11.49 ARTPL-082
Japanese CD on Plancha.
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So this is a Japanese guy who has collaborated with Bibio and it's easy to hear from this selection of ambient vignettes why the Warp man rates him so highly.
After a lovely ambient opening we get 'Lilac in July' which uses decomposed guitar textures for a lovely three minutes of understated leafy composition, taken right out of the Bibio songbook. But it's not all weathered acoustics - the title track is a beautifully descending melody melody with nods to Selected Ambient Works era Aphex Twin before finishing all so soon at about 1 minute 38. I feel cheated but luckily there's more where that came from with the amusingly titled 'Kevin' and 'This Moment' both of which are super saturated works of glorious disintegrated bliss. The album is like a history of ambient music in miniature. The various tracks (none ever outstay their welcome) variously recall Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Harold Budd, William Basinski -- sometimes I wish they would hang around longer... 'I See You Breath' has a gorgeous melody which sounds like Ryuichi Sakamoto's 'Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence' hiding under a bunch of leaves and at a relatively lengthy four minutes espouses the virtues of repetition.
It's a selection of weather-worn ambience and guitar composition that has some absolutely exceptional moments. Perfect for an autumn day trudge through a murky wood.
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