Thursday, June 2, 2011
Motohiro Nakashima - And I Went To Sleep
"Excellent discovery from the good people at Lo Recordings, Motohiro Nakashima brings together a stripped down and radiant bland of electronic composition and acoustic tinkering for his debut european release. The influences are all there - ranging from the vibes/bell-like cascades associated with Nobokazu Takemura to effervescent bass pads and analogue percussive loops that Aphex's more mellow anthems have become so well known for. The emphasis throughout is on a simmering warmth, albeit one that at times makes way for acoustic introspection ("Landlocked") or more minimal electronic structuring ("Shh") most in line with the fabulous album collaboration between Carsten Nicolai and Ryuchi Sakamoto. "And I went To Sleep" is a lovely debut, a delicate collection of music designed first and foremost to sooth. Highly recommended."