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Lovely, light-headed Japanese ambient gestures from Yama Yuki, presenting their first physical release with Good Morning Tapes after a turn for Cafe Oto’s Takuroku download series of lockdown recordings - RIYL Nozomu Matsumoto, Laurel Halo, Harry Hosono, Maxwell Sterling.
Born in Japan but now based in São Paolo, Yama Yuki arrives with a modest yet accomplished sound on what is only their sophomore release. In a user-friendly style familiar to all Good Morning Tapes, ‘Inverted Cities’ plays out Yuki’s memories of travel between myriad futuristic city landscapes. From fleeting memories of billboards advertising electronics in Ciudad del Este, to the infinitely expanding shopping malls of Manila, and old seaside streets in Montevideo; a world of influence is absorbed and transmuted into optimistic projections of those city’s sights, scapes and soundspheres, adding up to a lush treasure map of dreams and hopes.
Each piece’s title acknowledges the city that inspired it, gently uprooting the listener and taking them between a recollected and reimagined Philippines with the airborne tone of ‘Manila 2033’, to the humid whirligig of ‘Manaus 2041, the heart-lifting trip to the near-future of ‘Jakarta 2025’, thru the lofty heights of ‘Montevideo 2050’ reminding of Nozomu Matsumoto’s Sustainable Hours’, visiting Ethiopia with the frothed bleeps and 0PN-esque turns of phrase in ‘Lalibela 2042’, and via a standout moment in the deliquescent ambient jazz fusion of ‘Casablanca 2033’, all making fine use of synth presets much in the same manner Maxwell Sterling used library stock on his ‘Hollywood Medieval’ beauty.