Tomotsugu Nakamura: Literature (LAAPS, 2020)

August 13, 2020 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tomotsugu Nakamura: Literature

Beautiful album from a Tokyo-based artist who arranges acoustic sounds into a series of soft but snapping glitch melodies. Gentle acoustic guitars are made to sound much bigger and more resonant without much in the way of effects, just very careful, deliberate editing. “Copenhagen” is one of the most tuneful pieces here, assembling a staccato but smoothly flowing rhythm and making the vibrations and slides as deeply felt as the melodies. Other tracks like “Along Together” find just as much beauty in sounds overlapping, mismatching, and breaking down. Comparison-wise, this somewhat reminds me of the astounding Dorine_Muraille album from 2003, except far less dense and fast-moving, and without vocals. It’s just an incredibly lovely album which feels like a series of refracted views of simple but breathtaking nature scenes.

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