Boomkat Product Review:
Asuna has previously released music on such esteemed imprints as Lucky Kitchen, Spekk, and/OAR and Apestaartje, and now this third album arrives via the Music Related label. Hailing from Nogoya, Japan, Asuna's musical aesthetics might be regarded as comparable to the music of compatriots like Takeo Toyama, Aus or Cokiyu, also fitting in with the sort of miniaturised, melodic electronica releases we've come to expect from the Flau camp. Using found sounds, toy instruments and a variety of digital treatments these pieces range from slow-building song collages ('Rainy Garden') to chaotic sample-based compositions like the field recording-based hip hop of 'Courtyard In Junior High School'. There's always a keen sense of fun and liveliness to these songs, and that even extends to the more penive music here: eleven minute micro-droner 'Forget Me Not' sounds like a Janek Schaefer composition made with the sound of fizzy drinks jostling alongside vinyl crackle. Lovely.