On Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains, Tokyo’s Chihei Hatakeyama evokes an instrumental poetic grace, that marks him out as one of the icons of his generation.
Drawing broadly from aesthetic references, that traverse music of the past 30 years, he seamlessly melts glacial ambient drifts with richly harmonic guitar strata that echo the gliding motions of My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Cocteau Twins. Never resolving to clear melody, his interest in unrestrained harmonics creates a depth to his compositions and moreover a profound sense of the personal.
Like Saunter and Mirror, his other editions for Room40, Hatakeyama’s recurrent interest in place is revealed in pieces such as A Bronze Pike. Strummed acoustic guitars are cloaked in a soundscape that suggests a dwelling in the urban; sirens and voices clearly emerging as the piece meanders.
Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains is perhaps Hatakeyama’s most complete work to do. It reconciles his interested in harmony, texture and space. It etches out a map into familiar, yet unexpected territories. These are very much his own lands, but they are lands in which we, as listeners, are welcome to roam.
* AdHoc: “...majestic and amorphous oceans of guitar”
* Merchants of Air: "Deep beneath these soundscapes, fragments of songwriting and intimate structures come shining through.”
* The Formant: There’s definite sense of floating, but whereas some listeners might be encouraged to recall the ocean, it is an ocean in a parallel universe where time just moves almost unnoticeably slower.
released May 1, 2015
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