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MAI 麦 - "Arcadia 1"

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Mai 麦 - "Arcadia 1"

(Stolen Mirror) 

Shanghai, China-based artist, Mai麦, brings us this blissful collection of guitar arpeggios and multi-instrumental arrangements. Arcadia 1 is a sleek and stylish blend of ambient synth atmospheres, natural sounds, and acoustic guitar that creates a varied and textural experience for the listener. With a jangly, minimalist fingerstyle guitar embedded in a wide field of electronic sound, Mai 麦 ties together a rich tapestry of color and light that is as engaging as it is soothing.

The release opens with Iridescent, beginning with a simple plucked out chord progression that rises brightly above a mix of humming, crackling electronics that fades into nothingness. The longest piece on the record The Island, begins much in the same way, except with a richer, fuller mix on the guitar that really brings out the body, as a light and peaceful backdrop of tones filters in from the edges of periphery to augment each note. Waterwheel gleams with a natural approach crafted from sounds of gently moving water merging with shifting vibrations and a rhythmic composition. Album closer, Reflected Light, builds feom more ambient tone, finishing the aural experience with a dreamlike lullaby of diaphonus energies.

Overall, Arcadia 1 invites the listener into a tranquil, safe environment with thoughtfully presented selections that allow a meditative journey in a clear, light fashion. Highly recommended for times of relfection or relaxation either in blissful solitude, or in tandem with like-minded participants.

Gray Lee

http://www.stolenmirror.com/2018d01-arcadia-mai.html

 

ANDREA BORGHI - "Superelief"

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Andrea Borghi - "Superelief"

 (Hemisphäreの空虚)

Superelief is a collection of gratifyingly tactile audio art pieces that sound like a balance between carefully constructed vignettes of crafted detail, and well-curated edits of natural recordings.  

Using a "prepared turntable," and other gear, Andrea Borghi creates an immediate, organic auditory experience that focuses on a slowly rotating mechanism which objects are dragged across the surface of, or perhaps roll around in a container. The closeness, or even intimacy, of these kinetic impressions strongly command the listener's attention in a meditative way - perhaps not unlike watching a potter at the wheel, shaping clay or a textile worker at the loom. These recordings capture rhythmically ordinary movements that feel familiar, even if we cannot immediately identify the movements themselves.

Ultimately, this powerful piece of minimalist sound art is a good work to return to when the noise of life has become too chaotic, but silence is too still.  

Gray Lee

https://hemispharenokukyo.bandcamp.com/album/superelief