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Tomotsugu Nakamura — Soundium

Tomotsugu Nakamura — Soundium (March 12, 2014)

 Tomotsugu Nakamura — Soundium


♦   2014 release, the sophomore album from Tokyo–based artist Tomotsugu Nakamura. The word Soundium is made up of Sound + ium meaning the element of sound, and also meant to sound like a miniature garden simulated by sounds. Indeed Nakamura’s sound world has evolved even deeper and what is most noticeable comparing to his first album is the emphasis on the rhythm which is blended softly into fragments of colorful acoustic and electronic tones. Together with nice rich textures, Nakamura delivers another masterpiece which is just pleasant all throughout.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Album release: March 12 & 25, 2014
Record Label: Kaiko
Duration:     41:24
Tracks:
01. Rotate     2:21
02. Gallop     2:38
03. Mimosa (fluid guitar)     3:18
04. Fawn     2:56
05. Pilotfish     1:37
06. Glisten Surface Under the Sun     3:47
07. Before Silence     4:21
08. Snowdrop     2:41
09. Glisten Surface Under the Moon     3:55
10. Turbigo     3:01
11. Typist on the Moon     3:38
12. Frozen Trees     4:54
13. Filament     2:07
Credits:
   All songs written and produced by Tomotsugu Nakamura
   Mastered by Chihei Hatakeyama
   Photography by Meir Cohen (@meirco), Tel Aviv Israel
   Designed by Tomotsugu Nakamura
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   Soundium presents a forty–one–minute collection of bright, playful electronica from Tomotsugu Nakamura that one might as easily liken to a toybox of musical miniatures as a garden of natural delights. The Tokyo–based artist threads a number of acoustic and electronic sounds into the recording's thirteen tracks (acoustic guitar and piano recurring acoustic elements), some of which suggest connections to the work of other artists: “Gallop” and “Typist on the Moon,” for example, flutter and flicker in a manner reminiscent of Systemisch–era Oval, while “Snowdrop” exudes the kind of child–like playfulness one encounters in Lullatone's music. Having said that, Nakamura's his own man for the most part.
   His music at times leans in the direction of pastoral ambient, a case in point “Mimosa (Fluid Guitar)” whose acoustic guitar strums appear against a peaceful backdrop of shimmer and clicks in a way that evokes the calm and stillness of a remote nature setting. “Fawn” likewise possesses a wondrous character consistent with the feelings one experiences upon encountering wildlife such as deer in their natural habitat. Largely eschewing abstraction, Nakamura uses his electro–acoustic materials to conjure imagined locales: in an interesting study in contrast, “Glisten Surface Under the Sun” evokes a sweltering summer afternoon at a peaceful outdoor setting, whereas “Glisten Surface Under the Moon” suggests the almost eerie stillness that sets in at the same place after dark. The penultimate track “Frozen Trees” also speaks highly in favour of Nakamura’s gifts in the way it patiently establishes its meditative micro–world, and one ultimately comes away from Soundium with words like iridescent and colourful in mind. May 2014 (Fortaken: http://www.textura.org/)
About:
   2013 年のデビュー作が国内外で高い評価を得た Tomotsugu Nakamura による、前作から一年という短いスパンで届けられた2ndアルバム。多くのリスナーを魅了した、多数の楽器音や自然音が絡み合い奏でられる暖かく清んだサウンドはそのままに、今作では電子的なアプローチを強め、よりリズミカルで鮮やかなサウンドが展開される。前作よりさらに深化した、新たな ambient/electronica の地平を切り開こうとする意欲作。
   Tomotsugu Nakamura is a fresh artist from Tokyo who has released his debut album just a year ago from kaico, and he is already back again with his new album entitled “Soundium”. The word “Soundium” is made up of “Sound” + “ium” meaning the element of sound, and also meant to sound like a miniature garden simulated by sounds. Indeed Nakamura’s sound world has evolved even deeper and what is most noticeable comparing to his 1st album is the emphasis on the rhythm which is blended softly into fragments of colorful acoustic and electronic tones. Together with nice rich textures, Nakamura delivers another masterpiece which is just pleasant all through out.
Recommendation Notes:
   「このトモツグ・ナカムラのアルバムは、デリケートなオブジェクト作りのようなものである。くり抜かれた木に、コラージュに、王冠が入った箱。どの音も愛情と熟練によって磨かれている。この音楽は驚きに溢れているのである」 — Federico Durand
   “Listen to new Tomotsugu Nakamura’s album is a similar experience to contemplate a delicate object: a box of carved wood, a collage, a diadem. Each sound is worked with love and mastery. This music is full of wonder.”Federico Durand
Label: http://kaicojapan.tumblr.com/
Bandcamp: https://naturebliss.bandcamp.com/album/soundium
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomotsugu // https://www.facebook.com/tomotsugu.nakamura?fref=ts
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Tomotsugu Nakamura — Soundium

 

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