Illuha - Shizuku (12k, 2011)
Continuing 12k’s journey into the world of subtle yet extremely beautiful instrumental music, ‘Shizuku’ comes from two musicians based in Tokyo; Corey Fuller and Tomoyashi Date. The album was recorded in a one hundred year old church, and while the sounds might be extremely low-key, their impact is amplified many times by the sheer reverberating grandeur of the space in which it was recorded. Haunted analog synthesizer tones sit like pillows beneath pipe organ, accordion, Rhodes piano, dulcimer and piano to create music that is so understated it is almost poetic. Indeed mid-way through the record we are treated to a haunting piece of spoken word, and even though it is in Japanese, it’s hard not to be moved by the words and distinct sound of the voice. While it would be easy to lump ‘Shizuku’ in with a great deal of other understated Japanese electronic records around at the moment, there is something very unusual about it that sets Illuha head and shoulders above their peers. There is a darkness and sense of melancholy that eschews the trend for prettiness and creates a lasting impression on the listener, and that alone is worth the asking price. A truly gorgeous and haunting album.
From Boomkat review
tiNi Tessa (Desolat 2011)
Born in Munich and based in Berlin, tINI has been a member of the Desolat family since 2009, when the label released her song “That’s Right” on the Desolat X compilation EP. Her role thus far has been primarily as a DJ—aside from a remix of Manon’s “Que Cara É Essa,” “That’s Right” remains her only released material to date. According to a press release, Tessa is named after a friend of tINI’s that encouraged her decision to become a DJ and producer. The album was composed mainly in Ibiza, and draws inspiration from tINI’s experiences there. “For me a song is like my very own diary,” she says. “My way to express my feelings in that very moment: from absolute joy to deepest melancholy.”
From Resident Advisor review.
Recordando a Passolini (1922-1975)