Album Review

Kojo, Hitoshi – “High Tide Mirror” – [Omnimemento]

Thurston Hunger   11/12/2012   A Library, CD

Power drone of the highest calibre. Flecked with bits
of organic found sound, but the electronics on this
are an exercise in audio hypnosis. Little eddies and
vortices of sound spiral through your headphones.
Time moves out in all directions. The title track
shimmers with sustain until about four minutes in
a chord descends/emerges. It feels like a blanket
being laid down upon you. Histoshi’s drones are never
stark, nor mono-focused, but deftly filled with color
and slow evolution. I’ve seen some of this photographs
which capture nature in decay but simultaneously
spawning more life, and that’s what is music captures.
Water washes in and out of pieces, and a jaw harp
burbles through “Seminal Weavers.” Processed voice
comes in gossamer whispers, blending with the keyboards.
voice is most present as mini-mantra on “Unlaced
Constellations.” Is that bowed nyckleharp on “Lunar
Germinations” skittering of some sort, fast yet steady
like hummingbird wings. A guitar can crash like the
ocean, a synth is a satellite is an owl. Turntables and
tide tables both influence this transplanted Japanese
artist working in Belgium currently, but he’s clearly a
citizen of the earth, water and sky. A co-release on
his own imprint with Shining Day, with packaging that
shows the emptiness of mp3s. Thanks Hitoshi!

-Thurston Hunger

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