I Am Goodbye is the latest seven-track record from Go Hiyama. This release is a clever blend of sound architecture and drum design that shows the technical ability of Go Hiyama. An experimental collection of tracks that explore many different instruments from the piano to the vibraphone. Available on Vinyl LP.
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Here it is, my purchase of the week, the hilariously-titled I Am Goodbye by Japanese electronicker Go Hiyama. Really, there isn’t much point in this review, cuz I already know that it’s good, and you now know that it’s good, so let’s just skip this whole charade and have a good time listening to our new LPs, yes?
Ok i’ll give you more than that then. It says that Hiyama abandoned sequencers to make this, instead drawing from the piano and vibraphone, but really, there’s a lot of quantised groove to be found here that’s definitely fuelled by some drum machine wizardry. The patterns are complex, syncopated and off-kilter, straying away from cliched rhythms without going full Mark Fell & Gabor Lazar on us. Over the top, the piano & vibes tremble away, sounding ever so fragile next to the thudding kicks and such club-sourced sounds as chopped vocals and hi-hats.
There are elements of Gold Panda, Ueno Masaaki, Driftmachine in here. ‘Rhythmic’ is pure techno, ‘Ink’ ditches that completely in favour of some floaty piano/vibes as an interlude. Kinda reminds me of the Minecraft soundtrack (he’d probably hate me for writing that). But it’s the tracks in which these two styles cross over that really shine, such as ‘Pad’, where complex rhythmic propulsion crosses over with stuttering, hovering ambient beauty. Did I mention that it’s ridiculously well produced? This guy rules at sound design. This is a bad review of a good record.
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