Stadiums & Shrines
Draft

 

An oddly hypnotic, almost vaudevillian surveillance here, watching anxieties rise and shake to the trembling notes of a piano. It’s all very brief and effective, the work of musician and visual artist Celia Hollander (who’s also responsible for one of last year’s most fascinating albums). The excerpt is from the opening track to DRAFT, a collection of piano-based sketches.

Find the rest at bandcamp.

Hidden Away

 

Three photographs dissolve into each other. A sky takes deep, prolonged breaths of blue and pink. There isn’t much to this Patient Sounds-produced visual aid. But the uncomplicated execution, one that almost challenges the eye to find something else hidden within the vista, is all that’s needed. Takahiro Yorifuji controls the rest, bending his guitar ever so slightly, engaging both the negative space and the millions of granular pigments that distinguish pink from blue.

Seamless and Here, the first proper international full length LP from Japanese artist Hakobune, is out June 3rd and available for pre-order now.

Sea Bloom

 

Unmistakably lifelike, this wind. There’s a certain comfort in knowing that it most likely is, real. Field recorded, like much of Tom Gallo‘s debut EP Continuation Day, the wind here sighs in and out, deftly filling gaps between static, piano keys, flowers in bloom… the rusted poles of a dock as the tide cycles.

For now the day is brief, but soon enough (December 13th via Record Collection) it will continue on.

 

A visualizer, or rather an “audio/visual wildlife database experience”, “New World” lives up to its name. The 16 minutes access some other space, open to interact with both intensely and passively. Cues are of course taken from this gorgeous, cerebral nod-along by Chase Hudson aka Foothills, which sweeps the entire B side of a cassette of the same name. Melodica, Moog, Rhodes, AM radio, drum machine… these are well-crafted soundscapes, rich and precise, and as of today, available through Patient Sounds.

Air of Japan

 

“…all environmental sound and non-sound begin to have a meaning to me and the sound begins to shine.”

Above is the music and the words of Michiru Aoyama. Both are in reference to the composer’s regular practice of meditation in Zen Buddhism. Matched with Prelinger-sourced infrared footage, “日本の空気 (Air of Japan)” illuminates those shining subtleties in hyper-awareness. The four minutes works well as a standalone zone-out, but we also recommend letting them open up a nice half-hour of textural ambient and static drone at bandcamp via Hamburg-based label Organic Industries.