Sunday, 28 February 2016

ironomi - niji, album review

Beautiful Intelligence

This is an exquisite album, the music across three cds, so long in its wonderful tranquility, and the duo of pianist Junya Yanagidaira and Yu Isobe on guitar and laptop, lay down slowly building layers of sound for guests to accompany, some whose names are written in their native language so I can only copy here, as on track 2 茜空 (feat.今西玲子), which is delicately added to with koto. The fourth track features Aspidistrafly on sparsely beautiful breaths of vocal, at times overlayed with echoing harmony; the fifth features Haruka Nakamura on acoustic guitar; the sixth features Araki Shin on the smoothest saxophone [pulsing synth breaths beneath]; the seventh features Rie Nemoto on violin, and others add similar delicate touches to this most peaceful of intelligent music-making.

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