Boomkat Product Review:
What is it about the 'Light In August' exactly that seems to be so capturing the imagination of ambient composer types at the moment? Only very recently, Danny Norbury released his magnificent debut solo album, titled Light In August, and now along comes Tokyo-based electronic musician Aus with a recording called Light In August, Later. Is this the unofficial sequel? If not, what is it about this most luminous of months that's so inspiring to the ears of these artists? While they're likely to enjoy a similar sort of listenership, Aus's glitch-speckled pastorals take a very different slant on reclined home listening to the string-based drama of Norbury's music. Using digitised drone signals and disassembled acoustic phrasings Yasuhiko Fukuzono (the producer behind the Aus moniker) stitches together delicate ambient miniatures - here you'll encounter skipping guitar tones, high frequency crackle, lyrical piano tinkerings and on the rather poppy 'Little Song At Little Time', a sighing lullaby (complete with vocals) that's reminiscent of classic Remote Viewer recordings or Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir era Múm. A delightful and varied collection of electronic song works that's destined to further enhance the reputation of this consistently enthralling artist.