British/German ambient-noise label are proud to present their latest Japanese piece of ambient: Triptych (that’s an art-history word for pictures consisting of three panels). Tomonari Nozaki’s hour-long droning soundscapes masterfully echo through three compositions. And then there’s an encore too, meaning Triptych will give you a bang for your buck so slow and excellent that it could’ve been on a Kompakt Pop Ambient sampler.
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- Triptych by Tomonari Nozaki
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 12 January 2017
Last year, this ambient guy called Tomonari Nozaki released a trio of EPs with such lofty titles as ‘Credence’, ‘Decadence’ and ‘Concession’ on the Anglo-Deutsch label Forwind. Thing is, they made the mistake of releasing them in digital form, leaving you physical format junkies with nothing to sink your claws into. Well, here they’ve sorted that out and compiled them into one CD aptly titled Triptych.
These are droney. Oh boy, are they droney. A long sorrowful sustained chord rings out for most of the duration of ‘Credence I’, occasionally fading, only to reprise later with some subtle hiss noise to accompany. The second part contains more than one chord, which on this kind of release is an astronomical change. An ebbing and flowing mass of glistening slow melody gets engulfed in a crumbling texture, always a nice combo. Sorry, it’s late in the day, my reviewing ain’t gonna get any better than this.
This fella likes his ghostly, cloudy masses. I think perhaps a bit more variation in texture per track and less smearing might make it a bit more enjoyable for me but it’s still pretty good ambient stuff. Decadence is a sweeter song, but no less smothered in gassy mist. Mist is always gassy. Lots of the harmonic stuff feels like a piano ballad slowed down a 1000 times, stretched into oblivion. You can sometimes hear the sound duck out of earshot for a split second, as if the tape that it may have been recorded on is itself crumbling into Ian William Craig’s basement. But it’s less like him and more like Stars of the Lid, or maybe that’s too pedestrian a comparison, or maybe I can’t think of a better one but there you go. Tim Hecker's An Imaginary Country? I’m tired.
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