Friday, March 24, 2017

Junya Nishimura – Vitality In The Blank (2016)



  • Modern classical 
  • Minimalism
  • Avant-garde 
  • Post-classical 
  • Piano music
  • Improvised music 
  • Mood music

Comment: I am glad to be back by choosing out from the discography of a Japanese imprint, Totokoko. This set of 16 tracks is a simplistic one by its format and accomplishment because of consisting of sparse and silent piano chords. It chimes like it would have been played by a lone piano player in the corner being depressed for a while but yet ready to come out from that mentally deranged hole. Indeed, you can hear silver lines and waking mood on the album especially when the artist employs faster chords in his playing. Furthermore, despite being simplistic by its format and outer shape its inner qualities are superiorly arousing and suggestive full of invisible touch and intangible magic. It reminds of the simplicity of the music of Steve Reich, and Philip Glass but it is in that way at the first glance. Less is more in that context because Junya Nishimura can handle the lonely chords in an improvisational manner. By kindred souls I recommend listen to such artists as Lubomyr Melnyk, Oskar Hallbert, Nils Frahm, Bosque De Mi Mente, Ólafur Arnalds, Jacaszek, Max Richter.
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