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Cinorama庭々 = Garden, The Garden

Label:P.S.F. Records – PSFD-63
Format:
CD, Album
Country:Japan
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Jazz
Style:Free Improvisation, Experimental

Tracklist

1糸紡ぎ = Spinning Thread2:47
2図書館員・冬の森 = A Librarian, A Winter Wood
Keyboardsロケット・マツ*
3:11
3いまいましい指揮者 = An Aggravating Conductor2:23
4打楽・ポーのまわり回る = Da Ga Ku Round About Poe
Voice, Maracas灰野敬二*
2:36
5つたの窓から顔がのぞいて = A Face, Showing At An Ivy3:27
6嵐が丘 = Wuthering Heights4:40
7死の馬のめぐる夜 = The Death Horse - A Night Traveller3:20
8二度笑うほどおかしくはない = Not Enough To Laugh3:29
9シリウス・東の道 = Sirius - The East
Melodicaロケット・マツ*
3:30
10野の鍵 = A Key To The Field1:21
11冬のノートより = From A Winter Note5:05
12思慕 = Yearning3:27
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Jewel case packaging with 8-page booklet

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: PSFD-63 AH506A
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L222
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1E02

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  • enfantterrible's avatar
    Edited 3 years ago
    What language hides, music tells. Unspeakable thoughts, difficult sentiments, hidden things that lie dormant behind the curtain of the eyes and the cell of the body.
    This lies in here written in between minimalist instrumentals, organic effects, some singing, some whispers and ambient recordings.

    Think of a version from This Mortal Coil going way more free handed, improvisational, ritualistic and atmospheric with a defined Japanese sense, some that borders ghost stories or dreams interplayed with a minimalistic touch that grants a big sum of surreal emotions and ghostly body.

    At times you feel as some organic state of consciousness, others it is as if unknown memories were taking form with a vivid melancholic sense that goes as a line through the album sometimes more or less accented. There's a ritualistic improvisation that reflects something that occurs as the music develop, something inmediate yet so natural and fluid like an exorcism of the instant. Organic all the way, never a sense of synthesis. Very soulful and sentimental.

    Keiji Haino, the legendary Japanese music experimentalist, improvisational figure it's here which confirms the true experimental improvisational form of the album, it's to notice also this record its from the PSF label, which is an institution for this kind of soul music with a very defined Japanese touch.

    The album is mainly instrumental, with just a futile apparitions of a female singer, that sings in the way we do when alone, singing for someone absent, like in the fragile ethereal like first track where a female sings something that resemble a lullaby after a small tumult of voice and sounds resembling a reunion in a dark alley, everything is surrounded in mystery, imprinted with melancholy, at times like a Gothic tale in the way only Japanese culture can tell.

    In fact there are some references that there are certain influences of gothicism in here, the track "Wuthering heights" its pretty obvious and it's a track very emotive and memorable with its flute introduction that reminds a mystic shakuhachi followed by a live drum set that opens for a beautiful Saw (a primitive theremin) that resembles the singing of some otherworldly creature, ghostly and beautiful enough just to be mysterious. A reference to Poe in "Da ga ku round about Poe", a quiet set with a gong where some subtle witch shrieks add some atmospheric tensiion for the mysterious shakuhachi appears in the wild in the next piece "a face showing at an ivy".

    Second track where the female voice appears is also phantasmagoric, an organ touch a melody that is later accompanied by an ethereal female voice, the music may seem simple and minimalistic yet so rich of emotion. It's so alegoric to Japanese Gothic tales.

    I would say the album emancipates an atmosphere with both the instrumentation, organic effects and the the female voice for the most part. Only track that transgress this strategy but still maintains the ritualistic touch is "The death horse" which is the only one with a male voice repeating a line, the pace of the track is more intense than in the rest, but for the most part the album is very atmospheric, maintains the feeling of melancholy and the sense of mystery sometimes so vividly.

    The ending is piercing melancholic, a piano that goes into a dirge surrounded by the screams of a woman, this express some sadness imprinted with horror and pain, a sad story as well.

    Its an album that not only exploits the use of the free improvisation to the max but that also takes advantage from the use of simple notes, details, minimal effects and voice adapting to the environment and the feeling it wants to transmit making the experience very intimate and cinematic.

    I would say with confidence this is Japanese Gothic in its truest sense of the meaning.

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