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    Anoice – “Black Rain, The” – [Important Records]


    To me this album feels like riding in an invisible bubble high
    in the sky, drifting over land at night and hearing both actual
    found sound and pure emotion transformed into sound from the
    lives below. You could have told me Anoice was one man assembling
    music and I would have believed it, but it is actually at least a
    quintet with Takahiro Kido, Yuki Murata, Utaka Fujiwara, Takahiro
    Matsue and Tadashi Yoshikawa. Kido composes the lion’s share of
    the pieces on this 2012 release. There is an operatic motif used
    to open the album and it returns during “Finale.” At other times,
    samples of crowd roars and rain hushes are mixed in as well. However
    the root of the composed sound is gorgeous dark chamber work: piano
    polished and resonant, elegiac strings. “Tipsy Dance” feels like
    looking for a cab while listening to Bohren and Der Club of Gore.
    Many melodies are plaintiff and pretty, e.g. the sailing piano of
    “Drops” traced by dolphins with violins in its wake. But that is
    followed by “The End of Something” with its questioning chords and
    a muted howl or air siren. Cinematic ambience meets amazing
    restraint, and provides a consistent listen that breathes
    well from first to last track.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 10, 2013 at 12:48 am
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