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“Light and reflective… perfect for moments of cleansing and contemplation.” – brainwashed

“In a word, wow! Without question, one of my favourite records this year.” – The Other Music

Yoshio Machida is a Tokyo based transboundary sound & visual artist. For his 4th CD, he presents his first-ever set of “acoustic” improvisations using Steel Pans with no electronic processing. Steel Pan’s mystic tone which was born in Trinidad and Tobago, a country in the southern Caribbean Sea can be often listened in the latin covered pieces. But this was made from a different perspective. As you could know the process that he changed to use the instrument, gong which was used in his sound collage work based on field-recording to Steel Pan, the impression of this album is like ambient, minimal music or traditional indian music which he inspired.
The music on this album is unlike fugue, gamelan or Tintinnabulation proposed by Arvo Part. It features over-dubbed minimal improvised phrases that create unique random delay like effects, somewhat reminiscent of wind bell sounds. And there is a piece inspired by the milestone of Minimalism, Erik Satie’s Vexations, and also a strangely wonderful drone piece created solely from Steel Pan rolls. Like his previous album, the theme of the album is flowers, and the clear sounds of the Steel Pan are sure to treat you with an ambient, meditative and relaxing listening experience.