Drone Records
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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Small Fragments Recordings smf001
Release Year: 2012
Note: very peaceful "heavenly ambience" from Japan, ultra-quiet and contemplative, reminds on YUI ONODERA, MIRROR, CELER... for lovers of the ZEN-drones!... lim. 300
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"Following solo releases on Room40, Kranky, Under The Spire, Hibernate Recordings, Magic Book Records, Home Normal and Own Records, and as one-half of Opitope, with releases on Spekk, the name Chihei Hatakeyama should not be an unknown name. Here he has another new release and its also the inaugural release for a new Japanese label Small Fragments Recordings. Hatakeyama plays electric guitars, vibraphone and piano, and no doubt a bunch of electronics on the side. Here he has six tracks, and unlike his previous release well, at least the one that I heard, Mirror (see Vital Weekly 794), this one seems less conceptually inclined and just six pieces in the period 2008 to 2012, put together on one CD, perhaps because they hit together quite well. If all things ambient, drone and atmospheric is all of your cup of tea, then you wont be disappointed here. The beautiful, calmly gliding atmospheric drones work quite well. On a sunday morning, with sun gazing all over the sky, coffee, a good book, this is perhaps all anyone would want. Sit back, relax, enjoy. That is all great, all fine. Should you want to look at such notions as new, innovation or doing something out of the ordinary, then this is not the right place to be. There isnt a single idea in here that we havent heard before, neither by Hatakeyama, nor by the likes of his, with releases on the labels mentioned. Now, you could consider that to be a downside. Maybe I do. But not right now, not on this quiet sunday morning and I prefer to leave the bigger picture of new music to worry about another day." [FdW/Vital Weekly]