Sunday, February 14, 2021

Ai Yamamoto - Pan De Sonic: ISO [Someone Good 025 Promo]

And the seemingly neverending theme of pandemic-influenced albums continues these days with Ai Yamamoto's "Pan De Sonic: ISO" which was put out on the circuit via the Australian imprint Someone Good on January 29th, 2k21. Homebound throughout the Australian summer of 2020 which is the European winter season due to an extended lockdown period Yamamoto started to record a gazillion of usually overheard and overlooked everyday sounds, an endless stream of Field Recordings which, over time, turned into loops, cut up rhythms and structures, partly melodic even, eventually falling in place to form a set of eight individual compositions that are to be found on this album. Tracks and compositions entirely created from those Field Recordings with no additional instruments used, a plunderphonic documentation of life in isolation, yet closer to Indietronics and tender, friendly lo-fi Electronica cuts of the late 90s and early 2000s than one might expect - especially when it comes to pieces like "Start Of The Day" or the mechanical, intricately layered and somewhat retrofuturistic Ambient sound of "Late Morning" which, in all its soothing beauty, is one of our favorite pieces on "Pan De Sonic: ISO" for a reason. Highly recommended.


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