Hiroshi Yoshimura was a pioneer of environmental music, parallel to Eno, Yoshimura created ambient music to fit with physical spaces, music to be in and live through. ...Nine Postcards is simply keyboard and rhodes played sweetly and softly. First vinyl reissue since its original release in 1982 with full reproduction of original artwork and sleeve plus new liner notes. For fans of Brian Eno’s ambient works.
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Reissue LP on Empire Of Sign with full reproduction of the original LP jacket and original liner notes in both Japanese and English. Plus new liner notes by Yoko Yoshimura and Spencer Doran (Visible Cloaks) / Maxwell August Croy..
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I’d call this Hiroshi Yoshimura’s classic if he hadn’t released so many of them. ‘Green’ is perhaps his most formative work, a collection of half-operated melodies and simmering environments, but the gorgeous and plaintive ‘Soundscape’ deserves the accolade too. Known as a tape toiling in obscurity, a recent reissue of ‘Pier & Loft’ has reminded us of Yoshimura’s scope, of his ability to take ambient music to timbres both discrete and maximal. Jumping on the bandwagon like there’s no tomorrow, Empire of Sign offer a new pressing of his equally seminal ‘Music for Nine Postcards’, another soft and lounging distillation of Yoshimura’s staggeringly diverse range of quiet.
The nerd stuff: Yoshimura used a keyboard and a Fender Rhodes, keeping his set-up sparse. You can hear it in the lilting way the record unfolds, in how a droning sustain meets these fragments of motif -- a little melody of keys that just rolls on forever, into the hills, in a pretty but homogenous blur. Empire of Sign rightly note the hold Erik Satie had on Yoshimura at this time -- with that same feeling of bringing the music and its quiet close to the environment’s objects, it often feels like the ceiling is barely an inch away from Yoshimura’s head, like he’s soundscaping for nothing bigger than a tiny loft room.
As ever, Yoshimura plays delicately and narratively -- even if he rarely plays more than a tiny sprinkle of notes at a time, it always feels like his ambient music is moving on, keeping time in flow rather than creating a backdrop where it doesn’t exist. ‘Music for Nine Postcards’ is an example of ambient music reassuring us of the course -- not bringing our lives to a halt but instead accompanying it safely and securely.
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