WHAT YOUR EARS SAY & THE COVER LOOKS LIKE
WHAT WE SAY
The first single fromIu Takahashi's delicate, lovingly crafted forthcoming minimal/ambient EP is finally here and it's wonderful :)
WHAT THE (EP) RELEASE NOTES SAY
Japan has a long and fine history of ambient music, with environmental, minimal and kankyō ongaku music overlapping, fusing, evolving or regressing as the new generations of producers see fit. What unifies much of the work is an almost ubiquitous sensibility involving a lightness of touch. obsessive attention to detail and rare precision in sound placement, which makes much of the ambient works coming out of the country almost immediately identifiable
"All three tracks I created this time have a small number of notes.
When I listen to ambient music, and when I turn down the volume, sounds of the outside world, such as the chirping of birds and insects, the sound of car engines and train brakes, will unexpectedly fuse with the music in my headphones. It gives me a different impression of the song, a change in the usual scenery, and a feeling of awareness and richness.
Therefore, I created gaps (or blank spaces) in all three tracks. This is because I wanted to enjoy the coincidence with the outside sounds, rather than drowning them out."
More about Iu (taken from her website):
Born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan, iu takahashi is a sound artist based in Tokyo. She produces her own musical worldview mainly using synthesizers, ambient sounds, and voices.
iu takahashi used to do her artist activities as a vocalist before, and now she has created mainly ambient music since 2018, provided her tracks to background music such as exhibitions and introduction videos.
Inspired by Japanese ambient music such as Hiroshi Yoshimura and Satoshi Ashikawa, iu takahashi, too, creates beautiful works based on Japanese ambient music.
And under the concept of soundscape, she always keeps in mind to deliver music that is considerate of the listener's thoughts and feelings, or music that is conscious of the unconscious mind.
Produced by Iu Takahashi
Apple Music: music.apple.com/jp/album/depthscape/1536260248
Artwork: Harriet Clare (www.harrietclare.com)
Mastering: Ian Hawgood (www.homenormal.com)
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