Hiroshima's cult ambient figurehead Meitei debuts his new project Tenka, spending hours in local mountain forests to compose peaceful sounds that mirror the atmosphere and landscape itself.
After finishing his acclaimed album trilogy - "Kwaidan", "Komachi" and "Kofū" - Meitei decided he needed to change direction. Tenka is his attempt to move away from sonic storytelling and the "lost Japanese mood" concept of his previous work, and edge closer to the creation of sonic textures: music that attempts to recreate the sensory experience of his surroundings. He finished writing the album in 2019, and while he was content with its effervescent soundscapes that blur hazy melodies into corroded field recordings and minuscule glitches, something was missing.
The finishing touch came when Meitei connected with Berlin-based, Japanese-born perfume designer Ryoko, who paired a scent with the album to enhance its elemental appeal. And while you don't need to smell it to squeeze enjoyment from "Hydration", we can imagine how it might dial up the intensity. On its own, the album is an evocative attempt at creating a connection with a landscape Meitei is clearly deeply connected to. He claims that his process is almost diaristic, but there's emotion hidden in the bubbling environments and melancholy keys.
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