Boomkat Product Review:
Master of mysterious minimalism, Miki Yui helms the latest Hallow Ground with a beautifully poised and slow burning suite taking in deep-listening durational works and lighter, elusive sensations recalling Bellows and the oneiric seductions of Elodie.
Miki’s follow-up to a quietly acclaimed solo side for Cusp Editions, and her Realistic Monk collaboration with Carl Stone ‘Realm’ in 2018, ‘Aperio!’ Takes its title from the latin for ‘April’ and its original etymology, “to open” or “to reveal”, which works as a neat metaphor for the way her music revels in quiet nuance, and how it unfolds with an almost preternatural stealth.
Drawing on a related spectrum of strategies ranging from field recordings to synthesis and electro-acoustic processes, Miki’s music distills and crystallises a latent abstraction and oddness from physical experience and the “real” world into a series of warmly inviting, intimate scenes that gently trigger the imagination. The 10 minutes of rolling sinewaves in ‘Listening (oneness)’ summons comparison with Eliane Radigue’s enigmatic Arp process, while ‘Dancing (swamp)’ feels like music for an underwater lounge, and the fractured audity of ‘Dreaming (now)’ hits right on the waking/dreamlife sweet spot, along with the mesmerisingly precise tone poem of’ Rhyming (colours)’, and the Bellows-like low key otherworldliness of ‘Babbling’, whose sensitivities are coincidentally, perfectly brought to life in the mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi.