Boomkat Product Review:
Beautiful lowercase modern classical and small sound ambience from Japan, housed in Sonic Pieces’ typically sublime packaging.
Sonic Pieces specialise in understated, delicate modern classical - they are, after all, the label that more or less gave the world Nils Frahm, and this latest release from Japanese composer Midori Hirano snugly fits in with the label aesthetic, offering up one of its most intimate releases to date.
Aptly described by the label as "music like sauntering through a meadow…” ‘Minor Planet’ is pastoral, deliberate and slow music of the most inviting order, keeping overlays and electronic treatments to a barely perceptible minimum and instead focusing on evocative scene-setting framed by the bittersweet, distant tinkling of ivories. The effect plays with perceptions; the music here is distant yet utterly intimate, slight yet all-engrossing, immediately transporting you to open countryside and invoking the spirit of a bygone, simpler age.
This is Midori’s first record for Sonic Pieces, following a handful of small-run releases for various labels over the last decade, but on the evidence offered up here you’d do well to dip into her quiet, perfectly formed sonic vision before battening down the hatches for the long winter ahead.