Boomkat Product Review:
Tokyo’s Noboyuki Sakura answers the rhetoric of Where To Now? with the ambient cyberpunk sound designs of Exposure, offering up a more cryptic key into his solo world beyond the abstract, hard-nosed tone of his Cold Name output and dreampop duo action with Nah as Jesse Ruins.
Operating at the interzone between Black Rain and Kuedo’s eastern-influenced electronics, and under the shadow of Japanese artists such as Kenji Kawaii or Haruomi Hosono, Sakura models a vivid, sprawling urban soundscape/soundtrack encompassing tunnels of slippery techno, skittish electro-jazz abstraction and sites of weightless ambient deconstruction across the six parts of Exposure.
It’s neither pointlessly dark or washy new age, but rather fine-tuned to a flux of hypermodern ambiguity and confusion as to how to best represent those feelings, resulting in the struggling, deflected techno-soul momentum of Golgi Complex and buckling structural stress tests of Exposure, whilst the glitching ambience of Akasha simulates the sleep patterns of an over-stimulated mind, and Post Apocalypse trips into stealth mode slow techno, culminating with the short-circuiting, elusive romance of Our Virus.