Boomkat Product Review:
Yamaneko, aka Talbot Fade, blurs ambient/electronic distinctions with a sublime album richly inspired by hours spent inside computer games, melting aut to new age cassettes, and the metaphysics of simultaneously being inside/outside the rave. Spa Commissions arrives quick at the heels of the heart-rending Talbot Fade tape My Voice Would Reach You to dreamcast another bridge into his wide-eyed and immersively detailed ambient dimensions. RIYL Goodiepal’s Havet, Lee Gamble’s beatless modes, or Visible Cloaks.
“Since breaking through with 2014’s debut album Pixel Wave Embrace, Yama has been one of the key electronic artists combining electronic music with ambient - with a fragile sound equally inspired by grime, new age cassette music, video game soundtracks and techno.
Despite being his first release, Pixel Wave Embrace became a cult classic - quietly but notably influential on the artists around him and further afield. Yama has continued to spread his influence since, soundtracking an advert by Supreme, providing the music for a short film by Oliver Payne (work shown at MoMA, The Serpentine, The Tate, Whitechapel Gallery and more) and teaming up with Mr. Mitch as Yaroze Dream Suite. He’s become a key part of this label, performing at both our recent Boiler Rooms and most of our shows - we couldn’t picture Local Action without him. Last year we released his second album, the colder, less inviting Project Nautilus.
Earlier this year, Yama was commissioned to create music for a spa in Europe. These commissions eventually developed into a full album’s worth of material, collected and fleshed out here to create his most blissful, beatless record to date.”