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NOZOMU MATSUMOTO
Sustainable Hours LP (Clear vinyl)
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The Death Of A Rave 30 / UK / 2020
Japanese ambient innovator Nozomu Matsumoto renders a sublime LP edit of his witty and uncanny soundtrack for installation by Nile Koetting at Maison Hermès, Tokyo as the follow-up to cult 2018 side ‘Climatotherapy’ for The Death of Rave. It’s undoubtedly one of this year’s most necessary and strangely apt ambient excursions, bridging the dimensions of Satie, Eno, Midori Takada, James Ferraro, and 0PN. Arranging gorgeous, beatless ambient tropes with classic punk lyrics recited by a synthetic voice, ‘Sustainable Hours - soundtrack for installation by Nile Koetting’ is a charming, emotive and gently perplexing addition to the Japanese and contemporary ambient spheres. Expanding broadly on ideas and feelings of his 2018 debut ‘Climatotherapy’, here Matsumoto yields a strangely riveting, insightful perspective on well- worn cultural memes with a subversive subtlety and uncanny effect that perfectly plays into and eludes classification.