Chihei Hatakeyama and Federico Durand once more got together (well, via the medium of file exchange) to stir up a pleasing record of thoughtful ambience and careful drone. Sora has a simple and pure feel: sounds sit next to each other in complimentary assemblies. Japanese CD release on White Paddy Mountain.

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8/10 Jamie 21 June 2017

The second recorded collaborative project between Chihei Hatakeyama and Federico Durand, Sora translates literally from Japanese as ‘Sky’. As you may have come to expect from this twinkling duo and the fluffily bijou White Paddy Mountain from whence this CD comes, it’s a sparkling concoction bounced back from the heavens, filled to the brim with the softest of synth beds, or mattresses maybe. Which are the things you generally need for a nice comfy bed.

Opening track ‘Ana’ wraps analogue synth tones to modular synth drones and tape effects for good measure. ‘Natsu’ continues to stick to a simple structure with its wispy chords threatening to evaporate into the upper atmosphere any second now. ‘Luisa’ adds delicate music-box-type chimes to the mix. ‘Kisa’ comprises layers of hiss and tape decay to fragment the watery sounds a touch. Closing track Ilse is an 18-minute journey into cloudy ambient bliss.

The effect is akin to lying on your back on a soft, deeply grassy hillside gazing at clouds as they languorously drift by and dissolve from view. That sounds like a good idea...


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