'North Palace' is the third release and first physical by Tokyo composer and producer Tomonari Nozaki.
'Tomo's' hugely immersive sound feels like opening an old dusty wooden box and hearing a frayed melancholy soundtrack to somewhere standing outside of time and the concerns of the world. It manages to be remote and indefinable in parts but has such spirit, sincerity and indeed warmth it's hard not to let yourself become completely absorbed.
Anyone who has been following the forwind story so far will know we don't go for bluster. Hand on heart this is genuinely sublime stuff.
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Forwind's 2013 trajectory starts with a wonderfully noisy ambient piece by emergent Japanese producer, Tomonori Nozaki. With previous experiments conducted in the minimal techno field, Nozaki arrives at a lush and widescreen sound on 'North Palace'. He uses analog equipment to organic, evocative appeal, eschewing any computer processing to embrace the infidelities of tape-loop splicing and dusty synth sounds beside other, unnamed outboard sources. The most direct precedents for this sound clearly lie in William Basinski's decaying spools and the romantic isolation of The Boats or certain Untitled releases, yet his analog ghosts take their own form with canny spectral spatialisation subtly drawing our perceptions between its finely layered dimensions of hiss and squinted melody. It's quite lovely.
Blindlight is the second release from London based electro-acoustic improvisers Sonnamble, again consisting of Conor Curran on electronics and software and Peter Marsh on stringed instruments.
I was asked to put together a visual piece to be presented at the "aNOther festival II" in Vienna.
The piece consists of over 13,000 photos and was compiled in lightroom, edited in Edius.
Watch loud and full and preferably in a moment of calm.