10/12/2007

album release :: sawako

sawako has released her third proper album, madoromi, through anticipate label. hum for me was an ambient/drone masterpiece. the moods set in her works are comparable to brian eno's 'music for airports.' although she introduces more field recordings and less song structure, they both seem to have the same intent. both set the listener in a state of calm space. sawako's madoromi has more instrumentation then hum; in some tracks you can hear definite instruments like guitar where in hum, on loose recollection, i remember chimes and whispered voice.

:: preview album ::

madoromi is also somewhat darker and pensive. hum always felt to me like a good morning sound to wake up to. pieces like 'appled soapbox' set a tone of anticipation and mystery. like walking cautiously through an old house you've never been inside. curious and cautious. i've never really confirmed with sawako, if she creates her music for an audience and purpose, or just as an artistic expression. ambient music allows more imagination for the patient listener. with no decernable lyrics, the moving sounds create a mixed state of impressions and visions. sawako's modoromi gives a feeling of warmth and nurture. she creates an intangible mother of sound that comforts you into a dream state.




i recently saw her album release show at monkey town. nobuko did live analog video and graphics for her. being in a room of four wall graphics, her sounds, and the overly comfortable seating is the best way to calm and clear the hustle bustle thoughts of the city week. oh, and the food and wine were great!

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