Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ueno Takashi - Smoke Under The Water [Room40 Promo]

Put on the circuit via the Australian Room40-imprint in November 2k17 is "Smoke Under The Water", the latest longplay work by Japanese guitarist Ueno Takashi who presents a body of work consisting of seven untitled tracks on this one which is released roughly a decade after his label debut "Sui-Gin". Within this a little more than an hour spanning outing the artist explores realms of crystalline, busy and multilayered Ambient seemingly based on altered, repetetive guitar pickings, influenced by Classical dances of baroque origins and hints of ritualistic Japanese music. This combination seems a little off and irritating in the first place but develops a undeniable fascination and hypnotic suction over the albums course, drifting off into dreamy, highly Psychedelia-infused territories with the well outstanding tune "Three" whilst "Five" evokes, for some strange reason that is, memories of more abstract Church Music and "Six" gravitates towards a totally derailed, out-of-tune Country vision of sorts. Intredasting.


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