Thursday, June 30, 2022

Yui Onodera - Too Ne [Room40 Promo]

Scheduled for release via the Australian Ambient staple that is Room40 on July 1st, 2k22 is "Too Ne", the latest longplay outing conceived by Tokyo-based sound artist Yui Onodera who named his album after the old Japanese word for 'a sound that is sounding from far away' as the accompanying press release states. Following this concept over the course of five subsequently named and numbered pieces - "Too Ne I - V" - and a total playtime of roughly 31 minutes Onodera presents a sonic landscape shaped by comforting, warm and washed out Ambient atmospheres, gently, if at all, moving like the waters of giant streams, accompanied by tender crackles and undefined, mysterious scrapings and surface noises which add additional, yet subtle textures to an entire body of work that evokes certain memories of the unchanging dim and omnipresent twilight of The Backrooms, yet provides more safety and ease even though the innate moodyness of certain tunes like "Too Ne II" might suggest that some things unheard of might be lurking in dark corners, or beneath the visible surface of our reality, whereas "Too Ne IV" presents a soft, yet somewhat lively and frolicking Ambient cushioning for genre aficionados - at least as far as 'lively and frolicking' goes for a genre like Ambient. Deep Listening Music is deep. And timeless. Good stuff.


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