[.que]: And Inside (sound in silence, 2020)

September 3, 2020 at 6:37 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

[.que]: And Inside

[.que]: And Inside

Nao Kakimoto’s newest album is a mixture of glitchy sound design, sparkling post-rock, and ambient techno, all sounding crisp, warm, and emotionally gripping. “Haze” is open-hearted glitch techno with an abundance of vibraphone-like melodies and strings. “Sepia” is the sound of a one-man digital post-rock band gazing out at the sun slowly descending over a gulf. “Divagate” is a set of wistful snapshots attempting to preserve an era that’s quickly fading and will be almost forgotten before anyone realizes it. “Film” is simply a lovely, heartfelt guitar reflection. “Inside” gets more beat-heavy, and it’s like if Tycho wasn’t so background-y. Drifting away from rhythm is the intimate, crouched drones and piano twinklings of “Thaw”, and the piano sail-away “To”. Brilliantly moody material here.

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