Akira Kosemura’s new release is called In The Dark Woods, and it lives up to its name by creating a powerfully intimate atmosphere. These words are not dark in a scary sense (this isn’t an album with jump-scares), but in the sense that the outside world is shut off and Kosemura and the listener can feel together. Piano, wurlitzer, strings and synths were used in the recording.
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- In The Dark Woods by Akira Kosemura
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 14 September 2017
Ambient neo-classical soother Akira Kosemura is back already with the follow-up to last year’s One Day, this time extending his reach beyond the solo piano textures of then, and whipping out a few synths to join the club.
But a club record this is not, surprise surprise. One of the calmest calmers, Kosemura weaves rugs of melody, nice thick warm rugs, but the kind that you can only roll yourself up in; these rugs ain’t for sharing. Where am I going with this?? Ah yes, emotions. These’ll tug on your heart strings like Nils Frahm and Madeleine Cocolas, those piano tinkerers who aren’t afraid to dabble with other textures and with a smattering of the ol’ dissonance.
There are a lot of tracks here, all quite short, but all quite dramatic and moving in their own small worlds. As such though, it’s hard to tell the difference between any moment and the next, so it’s more of a general feeling that you get from the record rather than any particular highlights. This guy should be doing more soundtracks, that’d be amazing.
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