Review: Up until his death in 2003, Hiroshi Yoshimura spent decades offering up immaculate albums that blurred the boundaries between ambient, new age and minimalism. For those not versed in the Japanese ambient pioneer's vast catalogue, 1986's "Green" - which is here reissued by Light In The Attic - remains one of his most impressive works. Created using a minimal number of instruments (mostly synthesizers and electric pianos), the set is as quietly jazzy as it is relaxing. Highlights include the meditative, Terry Riley influenced bliss of "Feel", the pulsing organ stabs and blissful electronics of "Sheep", the garden-ready musical hug that is "Green" and the swelling opener "Creek".
Review: Three years on from the release of his terrifically Balearic and glassy-eyed debut LP on Running Back, Lewis Day AKA Tornado Wallace offers up a sequel of sorts: a fine mini-album that marks his first appearance on JD Twitch's admirable Optimo Music label. The collected cuts still contain some of the Australian producer's sonic hallmarks - those colourful synths and so on - but the overall mood is far more psychedelic, intense and otherworldly than some may expect, with definite nods towards feverish African rhythms, humid ambient techno, raw early '80s new wave cuts and the hallucinatory electronics of early goa trance. It's a definite sonic shift, but one that's hugely successful. In fact, it may well be his most alluring release to date.
Review: This is the first North Atlantic Drift release on vinyl, and the first album the duo have recorded remotely (between Toronto and Walkerton, Ontario). Pillars consists of 9 pieces for guitar, synthesizers, strings and samples and brings subtle changes to the minimal ambience of the Departures Vol. 1 and 2 albums released on Polar Seas and Sound in Silence.
Review: Polar Seas is excited to welcome Moss Covered Technology (Greig Baird) with his newest work Slow Walking on limited vinyl. Greig has released some of our favourite albums over the last few years on Eilean Rec, Fluid Audio and Hibernate. Slow Walking is full of lush synthesized ambience, with lovely texture and attention to detail which makes for a deep and rewarding listen.
Review: Hakobune returns to the label with this beautiful 3 song LP. These songs have been with me for the last few months and have been such a comforting presence during such a tumultuous time. 3 blissful pieces for guitar with gentle overlapping tones and field recordings, ending with the glorious side-long piece oichi. I've listened to this more times than I can count this spring, and I'm so happy to share it with you all.
The pieces are named after rivers and streams near the artist's home, places of solitude.