Boomkat Product Review:
Long-form workouts from the impossible to pin down Eiko Ishibashi. Sounds like the sort of thing that woulda appeared on the sorely-missed Vertical Form label.
Part soundscape, part joyful sonic exploration and part glitchy post-Autechre DSP blitz, "ORBIT" is one of Eiko Ishibashi's most unexpected releases. Her last release "Hyakki Yagyō" was a confounding and brilliant exploration of Japanese ghost stories, "ORBIT" meanwhile is a little less conceptual and a lot more bonkers.
Opening track 'LASER AND FLYING URN 1,2,3' reminds of the fractured, rolling electro-adjacent crack of Bitstream or EOG, with crumbling rhythms matched to Ishibashi's expertly-sculpted creeping drones. At almost 20-minutes in length, the track grows patiently like a cybernetic sapling, erupting from pinprick percussion and growing into a rattling, club-influenced beatscape.
'We Are Built' is shorter and more pointed, a collage of synth arpeggios and semi-audible field recordings that sounds like a Game Boy coughing out hauntological trance. Ishibashi saves the best for last though, referencing the album's opener with printer-on-the-fritz percussion that hovers in-and-out of subhuman drones and belches, space-age soundscapes and sacred, resonant tones. Somehow, it feels almost like jazz?